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Fast track your way to a brighter future

Have you got what it takes?


A group of hospitality graduates have been given a career changing opportunity in a Dubai-based hotel group.

Jumeirah has recently launched its Aspiro programme, which gives seven employees the chance to embark on a fast-track programme that could see them become a hotel general manager within eight or nine years.

And unlike other in-house training schemes, Aspiro has no fixed length contract with employees. They can develop at their own pace and, therefore, become more valuable employees, the organisation says.

"This programme differs from the likes of a graduate programme in that the candidates will actually be given a job and be employed by Jumeirah from the offset. The primary goal for the candidates is to develop and improve at a greater speed in their current establishment through this fast-track programme," says Fritz Bangert, Group Director of Learning and Development for Jumeirah.

The programme has three levels of entry: the corporate trainee programme, corporate management programme and corporate executive programme, with the aim of offering participants a quicker career progression within the international hotel chain. Trainees will work in a variety of departments, including food and beverages, engineering, human resources and sales and marketing.

The company believes its programme is one of the best in the hospitality industry. "This programme is bespoke for each candidate. The better they perform, the quicker they can raise their careers in the company," says Bangert, adding that all costs of the course will be covered by the hotel group.

With hundreds of applications coming in from around the world, competition was intense.

The seven selected candidates will now spend the next few months choosing the route they wish to pursue.

One Jumeirah employee, May Fellores, is already reaping the rewards of joining the scheme. She has been promoted to assistant manager from guest service executive. She says: "I have been working for Jumeirah for almost four years. With Aspiro, my future seems even brighter and the opportunities that are now available will help further enrich my life as a hotelier."

Applications are already open for the next intake of Jumeirah's Aspiro trainees, which will begin in June. External applicants can find out more from their colleges and universities.

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