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Marriott International and the International College of Management Sydney team up to fast-track students to management

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Marriott International and the International College of Management Sydney team up to fast-track students to management
Major hotel group Marriott International and the Northern Beaches based International College of Management Sydney (ICMS) will begin an apprentice-style collaboration in 2024, combining tertiary study and a paid role with Marriott which will give students a range of experience across different hotel functions at different hotels around Sydney and opportunities to travel interstate.

The four-year program, which will offer one place each year, is open to those who have completed their Higher School Certificate and wish to study for a Bachelor of Hospitality Management.

As part of the Marriott International-ICMS Hotel Management Development Program, students will undertake rotations across departments at a different hotel each year, working across different areas of hotel operations.

During the third year of the program, they will advance to team leader roles while in the final year of the initiative, they will participate in the Marriott “Voyage” leadership development program, during which they will receive hands-on training across specialities including accounting and finance, culinary, engineering, event management, food and beverage, human resources, revenue management, rooms operations and sales.

Throughout the program, they will be given time off to study their ICMS degree and will be fast-tracked to a management position within six months of graduation.

“We are thrilled to launch the first-of-its kind hotel apprenticeship-style program in Australia in collaboration with the International College of Management Sydney,” said Sean Hunt, Marriott’s area vice president for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

“We have always placed strong emphasis on rewarding our high-performing associates through internal development, training and promotion. Our partnership with ICMS allows us to open the door to new talent to join our teams and experience the industry as they’re starting out through the lens of our people-first culture.”

CEO and president at ICMS, Rowan Courtney-O’Connor, says the partnership with Marriott will make their students sought-after graduates.

”When experiential learning meets theoretical knowledge, such as within this alliance, the results are highly employable ICMS hospitality graduates who can add value to Marriott International, just as this global hotel chain is offering them this great opportunity for career growth,” he said.

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