On April 8 and 9, 2023, Marriott International Maldives will launch its inaugural recruitment campaign for the Apprenticeship Program in Addu City. The goal of this open-day initiative, which replaces the previous Memorandum of Understanding ceremony between Marriott International Maldives, the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Community Empowerment, and the Maldives Institute of Technology (MIT), is to give aspiring young people the chance to develop their skills and gain invaluable experience in the vibrant tourism sector of the Maldives, with the potential to advance within the organisation, which is the largest hospitality company in the country.
The two-day recruitment sessions will be held in Hulhumeedhoo on April 8, 2023 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Seenu Atoll School and in Hithadhoo on April 9, 2023 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Addu High School.
The programme will last for 10 months, during which time the chosen young apprentices will work in the resorts' assigned fields while attending theory classes to meet the requirements for a level-III certificate certified by the Maldives Qualification Authority (MQA). The pilot programme may be continued for a second year with the provision of Certificate-IV (Advanced Certificate) to the participating apprentices when it has been determined to be successful.
A few criteria are as follows in the apprentice specification:
A minimum age requirement of 16 years old and proof of completion of the 8-month programme
GCE Ordinary or Advance level qualification are required of applicants.
Effective communication in English
Extremely interested in the hotel sector
Following this initial open day for recruitment, there will be two additional sessions, held in Kulhudhufushi and Male.
Seven resorts owned by Marriott International, including The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, W Maldives, Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, provide youth training opportunities.
An important step has been taken by the government and Marriott International in their efforts to develop local talent for the hospitality industry because Marriott International is the first international hospitality brand to work with the government apprenticeship programme. The program's first round, which may accommodate 50 people, will start in early May.