IHG Seeks To Train New Talent In Chongqing

InterContinental Hotels Group has established its IHG Academy in Chongqing, following the successful launch of the company's first IHG Academy in Shanghai in September 2006.

The IHG Academy in Chongqing is launched in partnership with Chongqing Industrial Polytechnic College and Chongqing Tourism School. Both institutions are affiliated with the Australia China (Chongqing) Vocational Education and Training Project, a bilateral project jointly funded by the governments of Australia and China.

IHG Academy in Chongqing will offer a two-year Advanced Certification program that combines theoretical sessions by university lecturers with industry lectures delivered by IHG executives from InterContinental Chongqing and Holiday Inn Yangtze Chongqing. In addition to learning from and interacting with practicing industry professionals, students can also look forward to internships and potential employment opportunities with IHG's hotels.

Edmond Ip, IHG's chief operating officer, Greater China, said, "With a second campus in one of China's major cities, we effectively broaden the reach of our training programmes to serve an even larger group of aspiring talent. The establishment of our second IHG Academy also demonstrates our commitment to China and to talent development. As an employer of choice, we appreciate the importance of sharing our knowledge and experience with our communities and take great pride in building capability among local residents."

The academy will also offer a series of four to eight-week certification programs designed to impart the skills required for front office, housekeeping and food and beverage functions.