Shinta Mani Foundation in Cambodia has commenced its Hospitality Training School for year 2018 with an intake of 27 students. The highest number they have had since the school started in 2004.

Over the next 10 months the students will receive instruction in key components of hotel operations and personal training – the training covers English education, computer literacy and life skills. English is a key element in making students successful in hotel operations and as studies have shown, English speaking workers will earn on average around $90 USD more than their non-English speaking coworkers. They also become candidates for promotion.

Students will master Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, and Power Point and will study how to use the internet as a tool for learning. In addition, students will be given hands-on experience with the Property Management System of the hotel and of the point of sales systems used in the restaurants. This will ensure that they are familiar with programmes commonly used in hotels throughout the world.

Subjects covered also cinclude health and wellness, personal finance and planning, career planning and conflict resolution. “We believe that preparing students for life is just as important as preparing them for careers and with both being taught, students are well prepared to handle situations in a healthy, mature manner,” says Brad Akins, Director of SMF.

In addition to classroom instruction, students will receive training and mentorship at Shinta Mani Hotels. They will be taught the Shinta Mani philosophy of hospitality and train daily alongside the hotel’s well-reputed staff. Students will receive training in the key departments of front office, food and beverage, maintenance, housekeeping, spa and kitchens.