The program of dual training for students of grade of tourism of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, begins its second edition after achieving a very high rating by the nine students who made their practices the past course in different tourist establishments of the Island. It is a plan set in motion by the University Foundation of Las Palmas that has the collaboration of vice-rector of Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employment of the U LPGC and the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, as well as the support of Cabildo of Gran Canaria, through Tourist Board. In addition, it has been possible thanks to the involvement of numerous hotel companies that have wanted to support a pioneering project in the field of dual training.
Specifically, there have been five companies that during the last course were offered for students to do internship periods during their Christmas and summer vacations. Grupo Satocan, Servatur, Meliá Hotels International, Gloria Thalasso & Hotels and Dunas Resorts welcomed the nine students who joined these establishments to have a real contact with the sector in which they have chosen to become professional. These young people gave a grade of 4.38, on a scale of 0 to 5, to the tutoring received in the host companies.
Given the high demand from new students, this year four other hotel organizations have joined the project, including Meeting Point Hotels, HD Hotels, THe Hotels and Be Cordial Hotels & Resorts. In this way, the current quota of students in practices amounts to a total of 23 young people since 14 students who begin their first year of university studies are incorporated. For their part, the nine of the previous edition will continue until they graduate and get their degree.
As the president of the Foundation, Carlos Estévez, said during the presentation of the second edition, "this initiative arose after asking the employers, in this case, the hoteliers, what they needed to incorporate young graduates into their teams. And in all cases they agreed to put the focus on improving training, in this sense the Foundation has acted as a gear to facilitate the improvement of employability. "
For his part, the rector of the ULPGC, Rafael Robaina, said that "the idea of dual training is not new, but we must explore more ambitious formats that respond to the needs of the labor market.This project is a beginning, and the most important thing has been the positive response of the collaborating companies. that has had a vision of the future when welcoming our students, because when a young person approaches the university it is to get a job later, and with initiatives like this we are projecting the idea that there are possibilities of future work for them " .
Also, the Minister of Tourism of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, Inés Jiménez, highlighted the joint work carried out between institutions and private enterprise. In this regard he added that "this action is part of a commitment to our community, because we believe that we should not be away from the academic and university and we value very positively that the tourist destination has the opportunity to incorporate young people who are We want to thank the implication of the organizations that participate in the program because they are accompanying us to give the possibility to our young people that they stay to work in their land and do not have to go out to look for work opportunities ".
Also the dean of the Faculty of Economics, Entrepreneurship and Employment, Juan Manuel Benítez, agreed in his thanks to the member companies and commented on the high degree of satisfaction of all the parties involved.
The program, which takes place over the four years of the degree, is divided into 150 hours of practical stays together with 120 hours of language training and 60 hours of training per year in other skills, together with work orientation sessions.
The evaluation of the training received was 4.11 while that of the language courses was 3.61. In all cases, students consider that the Mentour program helps them to consolidate the knowledge acquired in the career.
In addition, all companies and students would recommend participating in the program. In fact, among the many positive comments, those that refer to the good choice of companies adhering to the project, the possibility of having an experience in a real company and the opportunity to see how the departments of a hotel establishment work.
On the other hand, the companies that welcomed students value the initiative very well, with a score of 4.8, in addition to positively qualifying the students in variables such as the ability to learn, with a 4.8; the motivation they have presented during the practices, with a 4.6; and the adaptation to each task entrusted, with a 4.6.