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North East Hoteliers Association Celebrate Successful Hospitality Mentor Programme
By: JAM Marketing
The programme aimed to provide students with practical knowledge and experience to help them excel in their careers and navigate the transition from education to employment. By collaborating with NEHA, the University of Sunderland provided students with a unique opportunity to network with industry leaders, learn about various career paths, and acquire valuable skills that they can apply in their future roles.
The programme was expanded to include Event Management students, and mentors from NEHA and a group of General Managers offered their time to guide and support the students throughout the programme.
BBC1 Radio presenter, Jordan North, received an honorary fellowship at the graduation ceremony and was on hand to offer his support to the students.
Serkan Uzunogullari, Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management at the University of Sunderland, expressed his enthusiasm about the successful completion of the programme, stating, "The Hospitality Mentor Programme is a testament to our University's commitment to producing graduates who are well-prepared for success in their careers. We are grateful to NEHA and the dedicated mentors for their invaluable support in nurturing the talents of our students and preparing them for the competitive job market."
Mustafa Zahid Lukmanjee, one of the participating students, expressed his delight about being part of the programme, stating, "The Hospitality Mentor Programme has been an amazing opportunity for me, and I'm proud to have been a part of it. Meeting experienced general managers from various hotels in the north-east and learning about the inner workings of the industry has been invaluable. I am excited to continue the programme and further enhance my knowledge about the hospitality sector."
Anna Wadcock, co-chair of the NEHA, expressed her gratitude and enthusiasm for the programme, saying, "We are delighted to have teamed up with the University of Sunderland in delivering the first Hospitality Mentor programme. This partnership marks the beginning of a lasting relationship between the North East Hotels Association and the University, with the aim of nurturing future stars of hospitality. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the experienced general managers who selflessly shared their knowledge and experiences with the students. Together, we are shaping a fantastic career path for these bright individuals within our amazing industry."
The University of Sunderland and NEHA are committed to building on the success of the Hospitality Mentor Programme and continuing to strengthen their partnership in creating a bright and prosperous future for the hospitality industry.