SLITHM inks MoU with S4IG for skills development in tourism
Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM) entered an MoU with the Australian Government-funded Skills for Inclusive Growth Programme (S4IG) managed by Palladium International Group, towards several strategic areas of cooperation.
S4IG is a programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in accordance with the terms of a Subsidiary Agreement signed on March 31 2022 between DFAT and the Sri Lankan State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Training, Research and Innovations.
The MoU set out the terms on which, among others, S4IG will plan and implement specified activities to support Professional Business coaching, E Tourism under Skills for Destination Development, Development of an International Standard, Industry-recognized National Tour Guide and Area Tour Guide Curriculum, Foundational Hospitality Skills Course, Supreme Chef Television reality show for the students who follow the professional cookery course.
By signing the MoU, S4IG pledged its support to SLITHM to produce and make available highly skilled professional business coaches to serve as a growth partner for micro, small, and medium-sized business owners, assisting in the growth and scalability of the business.
Coaching is to be offered as a skill development course at national and regional SLITHM Institutes for industry professionals and individuals with an interest and passion for coaching.
Further, S4IG undertook to support SLITHM to conduct a six month professional coaching course for industry professionals.
SLITHM with the support of S4IG aims to train and mentor Trainers and Lecturers to deliver the professional coaching course.
Among the areas of collaboration is that SLITHM with the support of S4IG develops a dissemination/media campaign/advocacy plan for an inclusive coaching model that promotes women, people with disabilities, and vulnerable people to a wider audience.
With S4IG’s technical assistance, the steering committee is to promote awareness of inclusion-related initiatives by participating in the development of an action plan, distributing actions to relevant parties, collecting data as required, and monitoring implementation. Suggested committee members of the committee will be key representatives from SLITHM and S4IG.