ZIToD bridging the hospitality skills gap

Last Saturday (8 February 2014), 163 hospitality and tourism students graduated from the Zanzibar Institute for Tourism Development (ZIToD).

The newly inaugurated board of ZIToD presented hospitality Diplomas to students that are now fully trained in various areas of hospitality, including hospitality and tourism management, ICT and accounting, front office operations, house keeping, food and beverage sales and services.

Among the presenters were the newly appointed ZIToD Vice Chairman(and ZATI executive board member) Naila Jiddawi.OmaryShabban, also a new board member of ZIToD (and a ZATI board member) also presented Diplomas at the event.

Despite tourism being one of the main sources of employment and income on the island, options for tourism-skills training are limited and the majority of tourism training occurs on the job.  ZIToD is working to address this issue and provide high quality training that meets international standards.

Although a quarter of the students are already employed,some arestillseeking employment.The school is also looking for 25 computers for the students (as currently it only has six) and is also looking for support to develop its entrance road and visitor parking.

If you are looking to employ new graduates, are able to offer student placements, or would like to contribute computer equipment or make a monetary contribution for the development of the school, please contact ZATI on 0777 410 070.