CTH pushes forward with hospitality skills development in Guyana

30th May 2024
A picture from a meeting between Steve Beckworth (CTH Marketing Director), Kamrul Baksh (Guyana Tourism Authority), Hon Oneidge Walrond (Minister of Tourism, Industry & Commerce), Jane Miller OBE (British High Commissioner) and Dr. Vishnu Doerga (ActionINVEST Caribbean)

PICTURED (Left to right): Sherwyn Naughton (British High Commission), Kamrul Baksh (Guyana Tourism Authority), Hon Oneidge Walrond (Minister of Tourism, Industry & Commerce), Jane Miller OBE (British High Commissioner), Steve Beckworth (CTH), Dr Vishnu Doerga (ActionINVEST Caribbean).

So far, 2024 has been an exciting year for Guyana. News headlines have been dominated by a new discovery of oil offshore, providing more than 11 billion barrels of oil and gas. This makes Guyana the world's fastest-growing new oil region in a decade. However, it's not only in oil and gas that Guyana has seen success, there's also been a huge push to develop its Hospitality and Tourism sector.

CTH is proud to be working with the award-winning training provider ActionINVEST Caribbean (ACI) who are a CTH Approved Teaching Centre. ACI teach the Level 3 Hospitality and Tourism Management Diploma and will soon be delivering Level 2 Hospitality Practical Skills qualifications with units on Housekeeping, Front Office, Restaurant and Bar Service and Customer Service skills . These internationally-recognised CTH qualifications demonstrate that the students have gained a high quality education, equipping them with the skills needed to start their career or progress to university to gain a bachelor's degree.

The Guyanese government and Ministry of Tourism are very keen to develop the growing Hospitality and Tourism sector. Working alongside ActionINVEST Caribbean and other stakeholders, CTH plans to expand the teaching of our programmes to upskill Guyanese citizens and connect them to real job opportunities in the region. These ongoing developments culminated in our Marketing and Business Development Director, Steve Beckworth, visiting Guyana this month.

During his visit, Steve was able to assess the current status of the Guyanese Hospitality and Tourism sector and be on the ground to meet and collaborate with the key stakeholders. Speaking during his trip, Steve said:

I'm thrilled to be in Guyana at the moment and learning more about what we can do to assist the growing Hospitality and Tourism industry. I can report that our award-winning delivery partners ActionINVEST Caribbean are doing an excellent job with the first cohorts of students and the support of organisations like Tourism & Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) and the Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL) is proving invaluable. I have met some of the students and they are motivated and ready for a promising career in the hotels, lodges and tourism businesses of Guyana. Yesterday was also a perfect opportunity to award our first three CTH Gold Employer awards to Marriott Hotel Georgetown Guyana, Evergreen Adventures and Grand Coastal Hotel, so CTH graduates can soon be connected to the live job vacancies of these employers, and others around the world, via our new CTH Gold Employers programme. Continuing thanks to Sherwyn Naughton from the British High Commission for his expert guidance and assistance as we move through the week. Lots more to do, exciting times ahead in this part of the world!

ACI is currently teaching the first 100 students by utilising the government's Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL) scholarship programme. In a few weeks, another 100 students will be ready to start the training; also, there are plans to begin training students using our practical skills programmes very soon. Follow us on social media to keep up with the latest developments.

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