Tourism and hospitality training in Vanuatu received a huge boost this week with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by key tourism sector stakeholders.
Principal signatories of the MoU were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, Jotham Napat, and Minister for Education and Training, Jean-Pierre Nirua.
The signing took place at the Ministry of Education and Training headquarters in Port Vila on Tuesday last week.
“The MoU seeks to enhance collaboration between Vanuatu’s tourism and higher education sectors in the training and subsequent employment of tourism students of the planned Vanuatu National Bilingual University,” says Deputy Prime Minister Napat.
The MoU lays the foundation for a partnership between signatories to the MoU, tourism sector stakeholders the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO), the Department of Tourism, the Vanuatu Skills Partnership Program, the Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association, the Vanuatu Tour Operators Association, the Vanuatu Island Bungalows and Tours Association, and the Ministry of Education and Training.
“This partnership aims to create understanding and a close working relationship between two sectors crucial for Vanuatu’s development, tourism and higher education,” says Minister for Education Nirua.
“Tourism is a major source of employment in Vanuatu. This MoU is therefore an important step that will help link training and internship for tourism and hospitality students with improved employment opportunities upon their graduation”, says Ms Adela Issachar Aru, Chief Executive Officer of the VTO.
“In signing this MoU, the VTO in partnership with the Department of Tourism commits to providing tourism career guidance and internship placements for young people undertaking vocational training in tourism and hospitality.”