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Celebrating the First Graduates of Marriott International Maldives Apprenticeship Program

Marriot International hosted a graduation ceremony on the 16th of March 2024 at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. This graduation ceremony commemorated the achievements of its first intake of apprentices for the Marriott International Maldives Apprenticeship Program.

The graduation ceremony marked the achievements of the first graduating class. The Maldives Qualification Authority (MQA) awarded level-3 certification to 43 young apprentices. 43 students who completed the rigorous 10-month program received the certification. In addition to empowering the Maldivian youth, this program also helped provide them with the skills essential for succeeding in the industry.

Marriott International created the Maldives Apprenticeship Program in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Community Empowerment, and the Maldives Institute of Technology (MIT). The apprenticeship program was launched as a pilot initiative on May 9, 2023. This partnership marked a significant milestone for Marriott International and the Maldives government. With this, Marriott International is the first international hospitality brand to collaborate with the Government apprenticeship program.

The Marriott International Maldives Apprenticeship Program reflects our commitment to nurtuting local talent and equip them with the skill to excel in the Maldives’ thriving tourism industry. A numver of graduates have been offered positions, and it brings us great joy to see them join the Marriott family. Their Marriott experience is poised to be rewarding and instrumental in supporting their career aspirations, commented Gautam Bhandari – Senior Vice President, Hotel Development & Operations, Marriott International.

MIT provided the theoretical part of the curriculum, while participants gained practical experiences across various disciplines at Marriott International’s portfolio of resorts in the Maldives. This includes The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, The. St.Regis Maldives, JW Marriott Maldives, W Maldives, Le Méridien Maldives, Sheraton Maldives and The Westin Maldives.

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Veligandu Island Resort & Spa: A New Chapter of Excellence

Veligandu Island Resort has made an exciting announcement regarding the re-opening of the resort following the most recent enhancement. The resort has been captivating guests since its grand opening in 1984. Throughout the years, the resort has captivated its guests with personalised service and warm hospitality.

With this, Veligandu Island Resort has also won numerous hospitality awards over the years. This directly led to the resort establishing itself as one of the premier romantic destinations in the Maldives and beyond. As the resort continues its efforts to uphold the essence of Veligandu, the property recently started a refresh. This meant that the resort would be upgrading and renovating the island, its services, and the accommodation. The comprehensive refresh which began on June 1st, 2023, aims to accomplish a few goals. This includes elevating the guest experience by incorporating enhanced sustainability measures and cutting-edge technology while preserving the authentic Maldivian charm that defines Veligandu.

And now, the resort has officially announced that Veligandu Island Resort & Spa will be making a comeback just in time for the festive season of 2024/2025. With this, reservations are now open for stays beginning November 1, 2024. Whether you are a returning guest or visiting the resort for the first time, Veligandu is inviting you to experience the remarkable enhancements. With its upgrades, Veligandu is also offering its guests the chance to get 40% off on accommodation. Just keep an eye out for the reopening offer!

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