The first youngsters from the TUI Academy have completed their training and start work in the Dominican Republic
The first graduates from the TUI Academy, launched just over a year ago have completed a training programme equipping them with the skills to work in the tourism industry and will now be employed at a TUI Blue Diamond Resort.
The TUI Academy was developed by TUI Care Foundation and Plan International, in partnership with TUI Group’s Blue Diamond Resorts. Over three years 150 disadvantaged girls and boys will undertake a one-year vocational training course that will prepare them for work in the field of tourism.
Silvio Minier, programme manager of Plan International Dominican Republic, said: “The TUI Academy Dominican Republic aims to empower young people, especially women, from the poorest communities in La Altagracia Province by offering them access to job opportunities and motivating them to make informed decisions about their lives.”
Students can choose to study housekeeping, bartending or as a kitchen assistant. As well as learning these skills, the students receive life coaching with a focus on gender empowerment. Recruitment is now underway for the second group of students.