CNA, 6 Jan 2011
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Republic Polytechnic has partnered Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) to offer a programme in Theme Park and Attraction Management.
Those in the programme will be attached to the RWS as interns and get hands-on experience managing its attractions. The attachment will last 24 weeks.
The internship is open to students from the polytechnic’s School of Hospitality.
However, they have to get through an interview with the RWS and the polytechnic to be selected for this specialised track.
So far, 44 students have been chosen for the programme, which will start this year.
Republic Polytechnic has also launched its S$2m Restaurant Training Laboratory, catering to students taking its Diploma in Restaurant and Culinary Operations.
With the facility, students will get practical training in managing the front and back-end aspects of food and beverage operations.
The idea of learning laboratories where students get hands-on experience is not new, but Republic Polytechnic says what sets its Restaurant Training Laboratory apart is the teaching staff who include food and beverage professionals with an average of 14 years of experience in the business.
“We are being taught how to react to real-life situations. Currently our training lab is open to the public, (so) it is really like what we will face in the society,” said Bernard Lau, a Hotel & Hospitality student at the Republic Polytechnic.
Launching the Restaurant Training Laboratory, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, S Iswaran, said such facility is but a means to bring customer service to the next level.
“Ultimately I think it is the mindset of our individual service personnel, as well as collectively the quality and productivity of our service sector that will determine the sustainability and competitiveness of our service sector in the long run,” he said.
He added that industry feedback about the polytechnic’s hospitality graduates has been positive.