A pilot partnership project between the University of The Bahamas (UB) and Resorts World Bimini (RWB) – which resulted in six students gaining work experience at the four-star resort during the holidays – has been deemed a success, so much so that it could potentially lead to a viable program and future employment opportunities.
The UB Hospitality and Tourism Institute students were assigned to one of several Food & Beverage outlets at the resort during the busy holiday season, gaining invaluable knowledge as they worked side-by-side with industry professionals in the fast-paced environment of a professional kitchen. RWB furnished a gratuitous experience for the students including food, lodging and travel. The company also provided the standard industry wages and a Christmas bonus for their time spent in its outlets.
Culinary Arts student Jodeisha Forbes who was assigned to banquet preparation in the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini’s main kitchen, was excited for the opportunity to learn from working chefs.
“This has given me an idea of what it is like to work in a real kitchen and not just at the University. I am confident it will help me to get jobs once I graduate, now that I have this practical experience.”
Regene Rolle whose duties included prepping for the banquet and cooking for lunch, described the experience as pleasurable and exciting.
“This work experience will help advance my educational career because it gives me a taste of what to expect in a real kitchen. I’ve learned a lot about the culinary industry in general and the hotel kitchen in particular where most famous culinary chefs start out.”