A new digital learning and training program, SBI Academy, had been launched by Swiss-Belhotel in an effort to unearth and nurture the company’s next generation of leaders from within its existing ranks.
The online program is a white label version of existing curriculums from professional development brand eHotelier.com, which has partnered with Swiss-Belhotel for the ongoing project. Courses available cover topics including front office, food & beverage, finance, housekeeping, revenue management and more.
An initial intake of more than 300 team members from across the Swiss-Belhotel portfolio have signed up to undertake lessons across a wide variety of disciplines.
Swiss-Belhotel Chairman and President Gavin M Faull said the purpose of SBI Academy was to boost the professional skills of its workforce, to raise service quality, enhance guest satisfaction, drive greater returns to owners and develop future leaders within the organisation.
“Education has the power to change lives; it helps people break down boundaries and achieve their full potential. At Swiss-Belhotel International there are no glass ceilings. We have always encouraged internal recruitment and career progression.”
Individual career development paths will be mapped out for each team member enrolling in the program. These plans will include potential advancement opportunities within the organisation, which is rapidly growing with a strong pipeline of new rooms across the existing network and plans for hotels in markets new to the organisation.
Courses are delivered wholly online, meaning the student can tailor their study workload to suit their schedules and around their existing work commitments.
“With the launch of SBI Academy, we want to create new opportunities for our team members to shine,” Faull added.