NHI provides training for Omanis

Muscat - 

Last week saw the start of the first group of new students at the National Hospitality Institute (NHI) under the new funding from PDO’s National Objective Programme. This funding has replaced the Ministry of Manpower funding which ceased last year.

“With many young Omanis  wishing to work in the growing hospitality industry, the funding  has been welcome, says Robert MacLean, principal of NHI.

“The funding means that the  students have already been selected by employers and have a  guaranteed job in one of the hotels once they have finished training. It is essential that we have  more Omanis being trained and  prepared to take up positions in the fast growing hotel sector.”

Tourists come to Oman very  often because of its culture and  its people. It is therefore, important that they can interface with local people during their time in  Oman .

NHI is a privately run institute and has been in operation for  over 20 years.

It is well-known for producing young students with hands-on practical skills. The training is delivered through a mix of traditional classes and a strong element of real life training. In order to ensure this, NHI operates Class Room restaurant  which is open to the public and  where students prepare, cook and serve food to customers. In addition to this NHI runs regular gourmet evenings at the Marina Bander al Rowdha .

Companies supporting the initiative are Kempinski, InterContinental, Shangri La, Crowne Plaza Muscat, Hormuz Grand, Anantara al Jabal al Akhdar, Anantara Salalah, Al Bustan Palace Hotel and Grand Hyatt Muscat.

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