CLARK FREEPORT — After completing a training course on Food and Beverage (F&B) and Housekeeping held recently in partnership with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), 96 newly certified trainees for various services in the hospitality industry got employed at Clark’s first five-star hotel, Midori Hotel & Casino.
The CDC’s External Affairs Department (CDC-EAD) reported that the distribution of certificates of completion to the trainees was held during the culminating ceremony on August 8 held in the said hotel.
Of the 96 trainees, 68 passed the competency exams in F&B services while 28 passed Housekeeping services conducted by TESDA from June 6 to 9. Midori hired all the said TESDA-certified trainees.
The joint training course aims to create an international standard services for the hotel and casino industry here through the support of TESDA under Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).
Enhancing the knowledge, skills and attitude, the workers were trained in accordance with the industry standards. F&B services and housekeeping training was conducted at Midori facility on April 4, 2016 and April 11, 2016 respectively.
The training was a result of a study on growing labor needs inside Clark Freeport, identifying that hotel and restaurant industry as among the growing industries here.
The EAD’s report to Officer-in-Charge Noel Manankil said the F&B services training course covered the basic, common and core competencies required in the delivery of food and beverage service in various food service facilities, welcoming guests and tasking food and beverage orders, promoting food and beverage products, providing food and beverage service to guest, room service and receiving and handling guests.
The housekeeping course is designed to enhance and upgrade the competency of the housekeeping staff in preparing guest rooms, providing valet/butler services, laundering lines and guest clothes, cleaning premises and equipment in accordance with industry standards.
Based on CDC-EAD post event report and with the success of the project, Midori wants to continue this program, adding training on front office and cookery sections which TESDA can provide.
TESDA issued a National Assessment NCII Certificate to the completers. NC II is a proof of competency usually required for overseas and local employment.
In 2015 a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by CDC and TESDA which aim to create a pool of qualified, globally competitive, and job-ready workforce needed in the various industries here. The state-run firm also strengthens the partnership of the different stakeholders in the generation of 100,000 jobs by 2016.