The lack of qualified personnel to fill positions in the hotel industry has made some hotels turn abroad for solution.
However, to find a lasting solution to the problem and ensure a steady flow of personnel for the industry the Ghana Progressive Hotels Association (GHAPROHA) is collaborating with the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) to design a world class training programme to enhance the capacity of personnel in the sector.
At a meeting held on Friday, between executives of GHAPROHA and officials of the GIMPA-Business School, it was agreed that short term Diploma and Certificate Courses would be offered for hotel owners, front desk officers, food and beverage sector.
Prof. Victor Teye, in charge of Tourism and Hospitality at the Business School, said there would also be a bachelor and masters of Business Administration Programmes in Tourism and Hospitality, among others.
He said in addition to enhancing the capacity of personnel in the industry, GIMPA hoped to help improve “the general friendliness of operators” towards visitors and the need to keep a clean environment.
Nana Opei IV, a patron of GHAPROHA, who led the Executives, expressed concern about some mushrooming institutions offering all manner of hospitality courses but whose graduates performed abysmally when they were employed.
Nana Opei was, therefore, hopeful that hotel owners would take advantage of the courses to be ran by GIMPA to develop their managerial skills in order to prop up their business.
Dr. Koryoe Anim-Wright, Director for Centre for Management Development, GIMPA, said proposals for the various programmes to be ran will be ready within a week for consideration.