Swiss-Belhotel International is stepping up its support for a series of initiatives that provide training for students at the Sala Bai Hotel School in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The charitable academy was created in 2002 to enable Cambodian teenagers, especially girls, to escape poverty and human trafficking fuelled by years of civil war and persecution.
Gavin M Faull, chairman and president of Swiss-Belhotel International, has been a long-term supporter of the Sala Bai Hotel School since he helped establish Friends of Sala Bai Australia (FOSBA) in 2005 in partnership with Blue Mountains Hotel School in Sydney. FOSBA hosts annual events where contributors meet to raise funds to support underprivileged young Cambodians through education and training.
Swiss-Belhotel International has now made the academy its official industry charity. All of the group’s employees will be involved in a programme to raise funds for the school, a scholarship programme will launch this year, and senior staff will dedicate their time to provide training.
“As the hotel and hospitality industry expands in Cambodia, so do the number of job opportunities for local people. Sala Bai Hotel School provides an essential bridge to connect underprivileged youngsters with job-focused education and training so that they can transform their lives,” explained Faull.
“By sponsoring students and providing active, long-term support for the school, we believe Swiss-Belhotel International can make a real difference and help build a brighter future for these talented young people,” he added.
Sala Bai Hotel School trains more than 100 students a year on a training course that covers five key areas of hotel operations: restaurant management, food and beverage preparation, front office duties, housekeeping and beauty therapy. The courses are free and the school has so far trained more than 1,300 students. The final month of the 12-month programme is dedicated to a job search and this has resulted in a 100% success rate to date.