USAID Visit Tunisia Activity hosted awarding ceremonies on June 12, 15, and 16 to commemorate the accomplishments of 450 employees from partner hotels in Tunis, Hammamet, Sousse, Mahdia and Monastir. These individuals successfully concluded on-the-job training in line with international industry standards as well as a practical exam, an online assessment, and a final interview with their employer. In addition, 36 partner hotels have been recognized as the “Employer of Choice” — which represents a great competitive advantage in the sector.
— Henda Saidi, HR Director, Residence Hotel Gammarth Tunis.
Training Over 450 Professionals Through the “Pathways to Professionalism” Program
Pathways to Professionalism is an ongoing program. Several recognition ceremonies were held in March 2023and December 2022. In June 2023, the ceremonies were expanded to partner hotels in Tunis, Hammamet, Sousse, Mahdia and Monastir to provide certificates to 450 semi-skilled and skilled employees. These individuals are recognized as trainees from Levels 2 & 3 under the Pathways program. In Sousse and Hammamet hotels for instance, the program trained 35% skilled and semi-skilled employees from the “restaurant and bar” departments, 36.5% from the “housekeeping” departments, and 28.5 % from the “kitchen” departments.
Expanding Employment Opportunities to Youth and Women
Pathways to professionalism is an inclusive program aiming to enhance the employment opportunities in Tunisia by providing training to hospitality professionals from all levels (new-entry level, semi-skilled, skilled, managers, supervisors and high-level employees) including young people and women. In the framework of these latest Pathways certifications, 41% of certified hospitality professionals are women and 32.5% are young people.
— Abir Jlassi, Garde-manger Cuisinier, Residence Hotel Gammarth Tunis.
36 “Employer of Choice” Hotels Gain a Significant Competitive Advantage
In addition to the employees’ certificate awards, 36 partner hotels located in Sousse, Mahdia, Hammamet, and Monastir have been acknowledged with the esteemed "Employer of Choice" award due to their provision of favorable working conditions and opportunities for training and professional growth.
Top 5 Advantages for “Employer of Choice” Hotels The status of an "Employer of Choice" bestows several significant advantages upon hotels that hold this distinction, which can greatly contribute to their long-term success. These advantages include:
- Heightened engagement levels among current employees.
- The ability to attract and retain top-tier talent.
- Decreased turnover rates.
- Enhanced brand reputation for the hotel.
- Improved employee productivity within the workplace.
We extend our congratulations to all our partners and express our sincere appreciation for their unwavering commitment and dedication.