Welcome Inn Hotels Apprenticeship Programme
Welcome Inn Hotels comprising of Diani Sea Resort & Diani Sea Lodge are located in Kwale County of the Kenya Coast along Diani Beach, one of the finest sunny & white sandy beaches in Africa.
The Kwale County region has been predominantly depended on tourism as the economic backbone after agricultural activity such as sugar farming collapsed many years ago. Most members of the local community are poor and unable to cope with the rising cost of living hence being unable to fund their children’s education.
As a result most of the children end up on the beach begging for hand outs from tourists or vending artefacts for survival. This creates a dependency culture as well as result into harassment of tourists which threatens attraction to the destination as most visitors feel uncomfortable and end up not enjoying their holiday.
Mr. & Mrs. Harald Kampa, the Directors of Diani Sea Resort & Diani Sea Lodge have been as part of their giving back to the community building and supporting local primary & secondary schools for many years. However most of the secondary school graduates are again not able to afford college education or vocational training courses hence retreating to the beach.
This realization is what motivated the directors to consider offering apprenticeship opportunities to needy high school graduates as a way of providing sustainable and lasting solutions to poverty eradication among the Kenyan coastal communities.
The Welcome Inn Hotels Apprentice programme, the first of its kind within the southern region of the Kenya coast comes in to bridge the gap. Needy Apprentice drawn from local communities and schools the programme serves to empower them with skills and knowledge to seek gainful employment in hospitality establishments as professionals hence deter them them from venturing into the beaches.
Thirty Apprentices will benefit from the programme annually distributed in the two hotels Diani Sea Resort 15 and Diani Sea Lodge 15.
The Apprenticeship covers a two year intense training programme in Housekeeping /accommodation operations, Food & Beverage service and culinary art in both theory and practical. Successful completion of the programme will mean investors in the region will have access to more qualified staff and the graduates can confidently seek professional hospitality jobs. The hotel groups network of industry colleagues and partners will help ensure that the graduates are absorbed in the industry.
The programme is coordinated by Ms. Pauline Nduva a graduate of Kenya Utalii College, East & Central Africa’s premier Hotel school. Pauline has over 17 years experience in Hospitality training having worked as trainer and administrator in various hospitality institutions in Kenya as well as coordinated various in-house training programmes for hospitality businesses. She participated inthe development of standards for training and testing of skills in hospitality, a standardization programme of Catering, & Tourism Development Levy Trustees (CTDLT). She is also a member of the Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT) Executive Board representing coast region and Kenya Utalii College Alumni.