Specialist mixed-use operator, Kerten Hospitality, which is recognised for challenging the industry with new concepts that combine innovative spaces for working, living and socialising, is expanding its Talent Tank Internship Programme to the Middle East, as it prepares to open its first hotel in Saudi Arabia.
The programme – which is shortlisted in the ‘Best Graduate Recruitment Programme’ category at the Future Workplace Awards in Dubai – has been developed to provide career development for talented Gen Z-ers who are driven and share the same ethos to drive the company’s innovation forward.
Corporate director of operations, Kerten Hospitality, Jorge Fernandez Ortega explained: “With new jobs being created in hospitality at an amazing rate and, as we ourselves are gearing up for a number of key openings in the Middle East, we are actively on the lookout for the best and the brightest hospitality talent.
“As a company that specialises in mixed-use and boutique brands, however, our needs and ways of working are very different to a more traditional hotel operation. We require an innovative mindset, operational agility and a pool of talent that quickly adapts and embraces new challenges and turns them into opportunities, all of which makes the Talent Tank Internship Programme increasingly important for us as we grow our global footprint,” he added.
To do this, Kerten Hospitality is working closely with leading local hospitality colleges across the GCC to inspire students to elevate their careers in hospitality and to add value to their academic programmes. Through immersion into the workplace, mentoring and one-on-one interactions, students are exposed to a wide range of projects, ranging from corporate organisation and pre-opening planning to hotel operations and sales and marketing strategy.
The Talent Tank delivers a unique training programme to budding hoteliers that comprises: Trust & Collaboration, whereby students will have direct exposure to strategic information and live projects, direct reporting lines to key senior roles within the company with a 24/7 open door policy and senior mentorship throughout the programme; Hands-On Experience, during which the company’s flat business structure, complemented by the hands-on operational experience where interns become active members of focus or working groups, empowers students to help shape projects and become real game changers in hospitality; and Mentorship, which is a series of ‘lunch and learns’ workshops, team events and one-to-one mentoring sessions with a career coach help interns to develop their professional goals, enhance their skills and support general career development. Interns also work closely with corporate executives who give them real-life advice on career choices and best fit scenarios.