Compass Hospitality and Regent’s International College Join Hands for Skills Development in the Hospitality Workforce
Bangkok, August 2018 – Chief Executive Officer of Compass Hospitality Mr. Harmil Singh and Executive Director of Regent’s International College (RIC) Mr. Nitin Dutta, along with Mr. Simon Young, Head BTEC Qualifications, signed an MOU of mutual cooperation for collaborating on the advancement of skill-based training in the Thai hospitality industry.
Along with the rapidly expanding tourism sector in Thailand, the demand for skilled workforce in the hospitality sector has increased considerably over the recent years. Compass Hospitality has taken the lead to contribute towards the uplifting of the local workforce in the hospitality industry by providing skill-based training and qualifications together with UK’s largest vocational and professional qualifications provider BTEC. This initiative is based on a collaborative partnership with Regent’s International College, the official centre of UK BTEC Qualification in Thailand.
“This partnership is an indication of how much both Compass Hospitality and RIC value education and training,” Regent’s International College Executive Director Nitin Dutta said. “Our core values are defined by the belief that nurturing and developing young talent is of paramount importance and we are thrilled to collaborate with Compass Hospitality, a company who shares our drive and passion.”
The strategic move to further solidify RIC’s Hospitality Management courses comes after their successful partnership with the reputable University of London in 2016, which involves the provision of courses and academic direction by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
The training programmes are set to commence within the last quarter of 2018 and will be offered to beginners and professionals already working in the industry. To accommodate varying levels of experience, RIC and Compass will offer everything from certificates to degree-level courses, with bespoke options available for senior company executives. The curriculums are international but will be adapted to the local context to ensure their relevance and effectiveness.
“Regent’s International College is an innovative and well-established institution,” said Harmil Singh, Chief Executive Officer of Compass Hospitality. “Compass Hospitality has a long tradition of working with educational institutions to elevate knowledge and skills in the hospitality sector. By partnering RIC, an esteemed higher educational institution in Thailand, we are uniting our strengths to create a meaningful opportunity for the next generation of hoteliers.”
In photo: from left to right
1) Simon Young – Head of Asia Pacific, BTEC Qualifications
2) Irvan Sutiono – Operations Analyst, Compass Hospitality
3) Warren Stanworth – Academic Director, Regents International College
4) Harmil Singh – CEO & President, Compass Hospitality
5) Nitin Dutta – Executive Director, Regents International College
6) David Davies – Director, Pearson plc
7) Jantima Hiraga – Country Manager, Thailand and Cambodia, Pearson plc
About Compass Hospitality
Headquartered in Bangkok, Compass Hospitality is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies which manages and operates a portfolio of 48 properties across all market segments. Following the rapid growth in Southeast Asia, Compass Hospitality expanded its presence into the European market in 2015 and has since built its portfolio to 16 hotels across the UK.
With 4 distinctive brands, Compass, Citrus, Citin, Ananda, and alongside the Compass Collection which includes individually branded hotels and resorts, Compass manages and operates hotels, resorts, executive serviced apartments and spas located in Thailand, Malaysia, and the UK.
About Regent’s International College
Regent’s International College is the first authorized international college in Bangkok, Thailand to offer BTEC qualifications awarded by Edexcel and University of London international programmes led by the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE). RIC has been successfully conducting these courses for the past couple of years and has now opened Hospitality Management Courses. To enrich the learner experience RIC is forming partnerships with hospitality groups to create internship opportunities for their students.
About UK BTEC Qualification
The Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) is a provider (existing as part of Pearson Education Ltd.) of secondary school leaving qualifications and further education qualifications in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. BTECs originated in 1984 and were awarded by Edexcel from 1996. Their origins lie in the Business Education Council, formed in 1974 to “rationalise and improve the relevance of sub-degree vocational education”.
BTECs are designed as specialist work-related qualifications and are available in a range of sectors, such as business, engineering, hospitality and ICT. BTECs are available at different levels, from Entry Level Skills for Working Life, right through to professional qualifications at Level 7 (equivalent to postgraduate study). They also come in different sizes at each level ensuring you can choose a course that fits around your work or other studies. Many industry sectors have a set of National Occupational Standards that professionals must follow. The learning content of our BTECs is built around these National Occupational Standards, which is why BTECs are recognised as valuable qualifications by the Standard Setting Body (SSB) and/or Sector Skills Council (SSC) for each industry.
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Nitin Dutta, RIC
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