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Hilton to provide scholarship opportunities

Hilton Dili Palm Springs today announced its partnership with the New Zealand Embassy based in Dili, Timor-Leste to provide short-term training scholarships to selected Timor-Leste citizens.

The selected participants will be trained in Hilton-managed hotels in New Zealand.

Funded by the New Zealand government, six team members from Timor-Leste have been given the opportunity to undergo a six-month training program to enhance their English language skills and join a Hilton property in New Zealand to receive on-the-job hospitality skills training.

The program aims to equip the six individuals with industry skills and knowledge, empowering them to return home with international level experience and share their expertise and experience with other new team members of Hilton Dili Palm Springs.

Each of them will spend the half year at a Hilton hotel in Queenstown or Taupo, working in departments ranging from front office and kitchen to commercial, housekeeping and engineering.

The training program will commence on February 3, 2020 and run until July 2020. Following the completion of the program, the team members will return to Hilton Dili Palm Springs to commence full time employment with the hotel.

When it opens in 2020, Hilton Dili Palm Springs will be the first internationally-branded hotel to open in Timor-Leste.

“It is an amazing opportunity to be able to partner with the New Zealand Embassy in Timor-Leste and our hotels in New Zealand to run such an incredible program," says general manager, Hilton Dili Palm Springs Ryan Mikkelson.

"The program is shaped to enable our new team members to be immersed in a different culture, develop new skills at an international level and learn first-hand about our Hilton values and culture. On returning home for the opening of the hotel, these team members will be our brand ambassadors and mentors to their new fellow team members.

"We are confident they will enable us to deliver exceptional guest experiences and support the development of hospitality and tourism in Timor-Leste."

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