The BRIGHT program is an initiative launched in 2010 by Constance Hotels and Resorts in Seychelles.
Twenty-two employees from the Constance Ephelia Seychelles graduated from the Bridging the Gap Through Holistic Training (BRIGHT) level one program on Monday in a special ceremony held at the resort.
Attending the ceremony were the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, and Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune, among other guests.
All trainees passed with 12 of them getting awarded for 100% attendance. The Villas and Suites Supervisor and also Russian Specialist Antone Rytvin was the best overall performer.
Chef de rang Darrel Labourdallon was the second-best student, while Pool and Beach Supervisor Myra Solin settled in third place and also received the best project.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Loustau-Lalanne said it was important for him to attend the event so as to show his support towards the resort’s efforts towards competency based in service training of its supervisors and middle managers.
“Constance Hospitality Training Centre is a loyal and sincere partner of our own Seychelles Tourism Academy [STA]. It was among the first institutions that came forward to assist STA back in 2005,” he said.
To those who were graduating, Minister Loustau-Lalanne saluted their commitment to improve on their professionalism and desire to excel in what they do.
“Constance takes training seriously, because investing in training is investing in your future,” he said.
“Working for Constance hotels, if you deliver that little bit extra, they will invest in you in return. You start to gain in this partnership as the management of the resort will also discover your talent,” he added.
“We invest a lot at the national level to train some 500 students annually. With partners like Constance hotels, your continued professional development is assured, simply because they take over from STA and continue with your training,” he said.
Constance Ephelia Seychelles’ General Manager, Kai Hoffmeister, said BRIGHT is Constance Hotels and Resorts’ own career development program, which identifies and develops internal talents, and aids in enhancing employees’ skills and getting them to take new responsibilities.
Congratulating the graduates, he said the process does not come to an end or stop; on the contrary it is merely the first step.
“There will be additional responsibilities given to you; we will demand more and better from you. There will be more opportunities for you to practice what you have learned, and there will be rewards as well,” he said.
“Rewards which will not always be financial. They often are emotional or career-focused rewards. It is up to each one of you to drive your own goals and to have the desire to make it happen.”