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Welsh university partners with Marriott to support next generation of hotel managers

Students on the BA (Hons) International Hotel Management degree programme at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) have recently completed a module on which they worked closely with the international hotel group, Marriott Corporation.

Part of a wider relationship with one of the world’s leading hotel brands, the students on the International Hotel Management programme spend about 8 months undertaking a detailed training programme run by the Marriott in conjunction with the University. Towards the end of their degree programme students study a module called Organisational Consultancy in which they undertake a consultancy in a hotel they are not familiar with.
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Whilst studying this module, students are divided into small audit teams and are then tasked with researching the hotel they are due to visit prior to undertaking their Quality Audit. A visit date is agreed with the hotel and students then undertake a full quality audit with the full cooperation of the hotel. Students then provide the hotel with a consultancy report based on what they have learned from the Quality Audit.

The BA (Hons) International Hotel Management course is unique in terms of its provision of work-based vocational training in a Marriott Hotel alongside academic study at UWTSD. Furthermore, the programme is delivered over two years rather than the conventional three.

In today’s world, there is an increased demand for graduates with practical experience, greater work-based competency and effective management skills. This collaborative programme is designed to produce graduates who not only have a firm understanding of the academic theory underpinning the industry but have been given the opportunity to apply this theory to their practice during placements at a Marriott Hotel.

Graduates of the BA (Hons) International Hotel Management degree have found opportunities to work, not only within Wales, but across the globe and many will return to Wales with knowledge and expertise that will help develop and advance the hospitality industry in Wales. With hospitality as one of the major industries worldwide the industry is calling out for graduates with both practical and academic knowledge and experience, and a degree in International Hotel Management with internship in a Marriott Hotel is the perfect start to a career in the industry.

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The Marriott Hotel group is widely recognised as one of the leading hotel brands in the world with in excess of 6500 hotels in 127 countries worldwide and is comprised of 30 different hotel brands. The Marriott Hotel group places a premium on high-quality training and staff welfare and provides an excellent learning environment for our students. Departmental structures within the hotel enable students to gain experience in a range of different areas, including food and beverage operations, hotel administration, and guest service operations. High achieving students will be well placed for selection onto the prestigious Marriott “Voyager” Graduate Management Training programme.

The School of Tourism and Hospitality in the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has over 25 years of experience in delivering programmes related to leisure, events, tourism and hospitality. The network of industry connections that have been developed over this time period ensures that the content of our programmes meets industry needs and produces skilled graduates who are highly employable.

The friendly approach of the University and teaching teams allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The friendly nature of the small programme team and close working relationships between tutors and students and students and their fellow students allows a positive, active learning environment.

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