Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Jamahl Simmons has announced a new partnership with the Bermuda Hospitality Institute, to host a student networking event to encourage them to pursue careers in Bermuda’s hospitality industry.

A Student Network event will be held at the Fairmont Southampton Resort on February 22.

The Bermuda Hospitality Institute has worked with its stakeholders and partners over the past eight years to develop Bermudian talent in this sector, by way of training programmes at Bermuda College, the Department of Workforce Development. There are also programmes in the primary, middle and senior schools.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, the Minister said: “The Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism is committed to getting young people working in the industry and satisfied with making hospitality a career choice.”

With new hotels and restaurants “set to open”, he said the industry will need to Bermudians working in all areas of the industry.

“As outlined in the Speech from the Throne, Government is committed to revitalise and work in partnership with the Bermuda Hospitality Institute to give our students opportunities to be trained and certified to work in the industry.

“We recognise that the work the Bermuda Hospitality Institute is engaged in is helping to bring students back to the industry.”

Bermuda Hospitality Institute Executive Director Malika Cartwright added: “The [Student Network] event will feature a panel discussion with Bermudians in the industry speaking about their experience and journey in this exciting industry and a round table discussion with leaders in the industry.

“Additionally, students will have an opportunity to network and possibly be asked to interview for summer positions.”

High school students, seniors and college students are invited to the hospitality networking event on Thursday, February 22 from 1pm to 4pm, in the Gardenia Room at the Fairmont Southampton Resort.

To register email