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 EDUCATION

61 students graduate from Ascot Academy’s programmes

26th May, 2018

By DK RYNI QAREENA

KOTA KINABALU: A total of 61 students graduated from Ascot Academy with Certificate in Hospitality Operations and Executive Certificate in Tour Management yesterday.

Of the total, 98 per cent or 59 graduates have secured job placements with the remaining still waiting for results of interviews.

The outstanding figure included best student for Hospitality Operations programme, Losius Laisang who has received a position as Housekeeping Attendant at Aloft KL Sentral.

Meanwhile, Tour Management programme best student, Areshah Yusrina Mohd Yasin will be working at The Datai Langkawi as a Guest Service Associate.

The 20 year-old who came from Semporna previously completed her practical training at a local tourism company. Both programmes were conducted for six months comprising theoretical study and practical training of four and two months respectively at hotels and tourism companies in the city centre.

This was in line with one of the Academy’s objectives of promoting tourism and hospitality by producing more competent and skilled trainees in the rising field.

Ascot Academy Head of Programme Steve Benedict underlined in his speech the importance of sufficient and quality labour in tourism particularly to cater to the rising demands of tourists in Sabah.

“The Malaysian Insight stated that Sabah saw the influx of tourists at 3.67 million in 2017 compared to 3.42 million in 2016, which was a 7.5 per cent raise of international and domestic tourists.

“Looking into the demands, MATTA President Datuk Tan Kok Liang proposed a solution to counter and help tourism companies specifically in Sabah.

“Hence, Ascot Academy took the chance to realize the idea by collaborating with Sabah Matta Chapter through a Memorandum of Understanding in which Ascot Academy designed this programme named Executive Certificate in Tour Management.”

A total of 31 participants were involved in the programme recognized by Sabah Matta Chapter with all of them securing jobs.

Meanwhile, 30 students sat for the Hospitality Operations, an international programme recognized by West College of Scotland which have been established in Malaysia for over 10 years, working together with 30 centres including Ascot Academy.

The Certificate of Hospitality Operations programme comprised various hotel operations including Front Office Operations and Housekeeping Operations among others.

The ceremony was indeed a memorable experience for students who came from all over the state. Despite the short period together, close relationships were obvious among the graduates.

A student representative, Farrychales Dasuin said in his speech that nothing comes easy without hard work. He even reminded his fellow graduates to continue their hard work and make full use of what had been learned in Ascot Academy.

Also present were State Economic Planning Unit PSSE Principal Assistant Director Murad Abdul Rashid, Sabah Matta Chapter secretary Alicia Gomez, Member of Ascot Sdn Bhd Board of Directors Yusak Yumboris and Ascot Academy Chief Executive Officer Abdul Razak Egoh.

   
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