Stakeholders in the hospitality industry in Nakuru county have commended Kenya Utalii College for the role the Institution has continued to play in transforming the hospitality sector.
Speaking in Nakuru on Friday during the graduation ceremony for Kenya Utalii College students, Nakuru County Tourism Association vice Chair Joseph Koech said the Institute has played a key role as far as hospitality sector is concerned.
He said that more than 400 hotels in Nakuru rely on Kenya Utalii College for scaling up the skills of their employees.
And with Nakuru county almost becoming a city, the Nakuru County Tourism Association vice Chair appealed to Kenya Utalii College to think of coming up with a branch in Naivasha to absorb the many students venturing into the field of hospitality.
He also appealed to the institution to add more courses and also offer training for hotel managers and directors so that they can be at par with the current happenings.
“We commend Kenya Utalii College for the role it has continued to play in transforming the hospitality sector. They should now think of coming up with a branch in Naivasha to absorb the many students venturing into the field of hospitality” he said.
On his part Kenya Utalii College Director of studies Mr.Wilson Mwangi who represented the Principal Mr.Hashim Mohammed stated that as an Institution they are now through with refresher courses for this year.
According to Mr.Mwangi, the courses which began in Malindi at the coast to Western and finally in Nakuru-Rift Valley has seen approximately 1500 staff in the hotel industry trained.
He says their next area of focus will be training the Managers and hotel owners on matters hotel Management Goals.
He reiterated the commitment of the Institution in partnering with counties towards training of stakeholders in the hospitality industry.
“We are now through with refresher courses training and our beginning June we shall be focusing on training the managers and hotel owners” said Mwangi.
Nakuru county government was represented by Gender, Culture and Social Services Chief Officer, Ms.Tumme Abduba who read the speech on behalf of Deputy Governor Dr.Erick Korir.
CO Tumme also commended Kenya Utalii College for incorporating Human Resource Management in their trainings.
While stating that the course is paramount for the hospitality sector,Ms Tume also challenged the hotel managers to ensure they take the stewards for training in order to boost the sector.
“I am delighted that one of the courses is Human Resource management which is key in the industry.I would also challenge the managers to take the stewards for training” she said.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Nakuru County Tourism Association vice Chair Joseph Koech(centre) flanked by Kenya Utalii College Director of Studies Mr.Wilson Mwangi and other leaders in the hospitality sector addressing media in Nakuru on May 17 2019.