Events specialists, CWT M&E, has signed up a new education partner, Kaplan Higher Education Academy (KHEA), part of Kaplan in Singapore, as part of efforts to boost the prospects of students studying hospitality MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) industries.
The deal will see KHEA students of the Diploma in Hospitality Services & Events Operations course will receive opportunities for real-life experience — with month-long work-placements covering CWT M&E’s (Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s meeting & events division) daily operations including venue sourcing, onsite support, budget entries, and supplier management.
“There’s a huge demand for skilled meetings and events professionals to support Singapore’s thriving MICE sector,” said Sam Lay (main image, centre right), senior director for Asia Pacific at CWT M&E. “Our team in Singapore is managing nearly twice as many meetings, events and incentive trips compared to just five years ago. Our partnership with KHEA will contribute to the industry’s talent pipeline, while positioning CWT M&E as an employer of choice.”
“Valuable stepping stone”
“We are glad to establish a long-term collaborative partnership with CWT M&E in Singapore,” said May Soh (main image, centre left), vice president of sales and market development, at Kaplan Higher Education Academy.
“It will provide our Hospitality Services and Event Operations Diploma students the opportunity to gain hands-on, real world experience related to their field of study.This can be a valuable stepping stone to a career in the hospitality & MICE sectors. We hope to extend similar work experience programmes to benefit many more of our Diploma students.”
Students pursuing a Diploma in Hospitality Services & Events Operations at KHEA will be eligible to join the KHEA/CWT M&E work program alongside their regular classes. Over a one-month work experience period, the students will support CWT M&E’s daily operations including venue sourcing, onsite support, budget entries, and supplier management. CWT M&E will also provide training opportunities for students to gain hands-on exposure to the MICE industry.