The JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge, nestled amidst the breathtaking wilderness of Kenya’s iconic Masai Mara National Reserve, is embarking on a groundbreaking initiative to empower and uplift local girls from Maasai communities. The Lodge’s Apprenticeship Program offers a transformative opportunity for young women to gain comprehensive training in all lodge departments, preparing them for successful careers in the hospitality industry.
The Lodge’s vision for the Apprenticeship Program is to foster gender equality and create a pipeline of skilled female professionals in the hospitality sector. By engaging with the local community, the lodge will aim to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth, ultimately empowering these girls to become leaders within their communities.
The Apprenticeship Program will span an immersive duration between 6 – 10 months, encompassing hands-on training in every department within the lodge. Participants will rotate through departments such as front desk, housekeeping, food and beverage, kitchen, and guest services. By experiencing the breadth of lodge operations, apprentices will gain a holistic understanding of the industry and build a versatile skill set.
Mentorship and Support:
Throughout the program, each apprentice will be paired with a mentor, a seasoned professional from the lodge, who guides and supports them in their learning journey. Regular feedback sessions and performance assessments will help tailor the apprentices’ development, ensuring they receive the best possible preparation for their future careers.
Certification and Career Opportunities:
Upon successful completion of the program, each apprentice will receive a recognized certificate that acknowledges their comprehensive training and competence in the hospitality industry. Armed with their newfound skills and certification, the lodge will continue to actively seek to employ these graduates, ensuring a rewarding career path within the lodge or the broader hospitality sector.
Conclusion: JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge’s Apprenticeship Program will stand as a beacon of hope and progress, empowering local girls and transforming their lives through education and training.
Last quarter 2023
Quote from GM:
“We believe that the strength of the hospitality sector lies not only in the diversity of our guests but also in the diversity of our teams. Our apprenticeship program, specifically tailored for the local young women, is a testament to our commitment to fostering inclusivity and equality. Every culture, every background, brings a unique flavour to our industry, and it is through such initiatives that we truly become a global community.” Barnabas Wamoto – Group General Manager JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge.
An inspiring story about not just overcoming adversity but also about the power of education and the importance of preserving and sharing one’s culture:
Reteti Resian Tito, a 25-year-old young lady from Tipilikwani Village in Masai Mara, has a remarkable story of resilience and empowerment. Married at an early age, Tito faced considerable challenges. Seeking a brighter future, she left her village for four years. During this period, a kind-hearted individual supported her educational pursuits.
Upon her return to the village, societal pressures for her to remarry were strong. Overcoming these obstacles was not easy, but Tito persevered.
In her village, Tito became a respected lecturer, passionately educating visitors about the rich Maasai culture, traditional dances, and other local activities. Her dedication to sharing and preserving her heritage is inspiring.
A significant turning point in Tito’s journey occurred in February of this year. Recognized for her exceptional knowledge and skills, JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge, during their expansion into Masai Mara, offered her an opportunity that she couldn’t refuse. Tito now holds a pivotal role at the lodge as the Cultural Ambassador, where she believes she has the platform to make a global impact.
Tito is presently enrolling in an online Diploma Course in Social Work and Community Development from Bircham University.