School Principal Andrew Pennington says

Welcome Skills will open its doors to students this month

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Dhaka : Welcome Skills International School of Hospitality, Bangladesh (WISH), which will be offering British-standard hospitality education in Bangladesh, will open its doors to students this month.

WISH is located at Alliance Building, Pragati Sharani, Baridhara in the city. The head office of The Catey's award winning institution for hospitality education is in Sovereign House, South Croydon, Surrey, UK.

Andrew Pennington, School Principal, Welcome Skills said, WISH will be providing something that nobody else is giving. We believe there is real opportunity for quality hospitality training in Bangladesh.

There is a large growth in hotels in the hospitality industry in Bangladesh. So many international chain properties are coming here. When we talk to their management, they say, they want English-speaking young Bangladeshi hospitality professionals.

Pennington said, the big focus will be on practical training and English_ hotel English, catering English. English that would help them in their hospitality career. We'll be conducting classes in English and the qualification they will be receiving, will be of British standard.

Welcome Skills is targeting young school leavers who want to pursue a unique career or for people looking for an alternate career. Youths here are shy. We will train them not to be shy.

Talking to The Bangladesh Monitor said, in culinary arts, you'll never be unemployed. Our courses will lead to employment - guaranteed.

The teachers will be both from the UK and Bangladesh. The courses will be of six months - three months in school and three months (as intern) in hotels. The big focus will be in English - hotel English, catering English. English that would help them in their hospitality career.

Three of the courses, WISH will start with, include: Diploma in Culinary Arts, Diploma in Hotel Operations and Diploma in Customer Service, while planned future Courses include: Butler Skills, Cabin Crew Training, Aviation Management and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Hospitality Management.

All the modules include safety - food safety, health safety and workplace safety.

Regarding employment, after passing out of WISH, Pennington said, we'll also help those who have finished our courses, find jobs. It is important, we do not forget after their Diploma.

Pennington expects students from Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong and other places will get enrolled at WISH. We are looking at enrolling 100 students in each opening, every two months - 600 for the year.

Author of six books on hospitality sector, most of them in multiple editions - one in 14th editions, Pennington hails from UK and ran hotel schools for quite a few years in UK, China and Malaysia.

I have brought my books here. I hope they will add value to the school, he said.

He has been in Dhaka for six months. He loves the food here, specially fuchka. There are a lot of Bangladeshi restaurants in UK, he said. He is also currently doing is PhD thesis investigating the impact of ethnic ready meals in UK supermarkets on small Bangladeshi restaurants.

Prof David Foskett, MBE, who was present at the institution on the occasion, said this is a very important time, particularly for the youths of Bangladesh. Hospitality training will offer them the passport to the world, as it is a very expanding industry where people can develop careers and be employed for life.

Professor Foskett is a member of The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Craft Guild of Chefs and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality.

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