Picture Caption: fourth from left is Aku Holdings General Manager Keith Akane, Operation Manager Lufai Wari and Kupiano Vocational Community College Tourism and Hospitality instructor, Alice Makao with students after their were farewell with certificates of practical training.
By PATRICK PANUA
THE Aku Holdings Limited has farewell ten students from Kupiano Vocational Community College after six weeks of intensive industrial training with the firm’s Lodges in Port Moresby.
The students from the vocation college was the first ever intake from Central Province where Aku Holdings Limited (AKL) has placed them on practical under its Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) accredited lodges, Aku Lodge, Waigani Lodge, Gerehu Lodge, Air Port Lodge and the Green Garden Lodges.
In 2013 the TPA conducted an assessment of the lodges and accredited them as the preferred Lodges in Port Moresby for International and Domestic Travelers to stay.
AHL General Manager, Keith Akane said the company values training as an integral part of their business and the management have now decided to facilitate in house training for their staff on the area of tourism and hospitality management.
“We have been supporting students with school fees from parents who were financially disadvantage,” he said.
He said over the years the company took part time students and work experience from schools in NCD, Limana Vocation Training Centre and Popondetta Skills Training Centre.
Mr Ankan said it is the company’s contribution to the development of the young people.
“This year we have decided to take 10 students from Kupiano within our various business units, front office, accounts, and housekeeping, restaurant and security operations.
“We have moved away from our usual partners and offer training to different college and locality.
“The knowledge we have imparted is what we know and do within our company,” he said.
“The challenge for the students is when they go out to the world, they must think how best they can utilize their talents.”