IMPACTFUL INDUSTRY EXCHANGES FOR SHATEC STUDENTS
The SHATEC Industry Mentorship Programme Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, 18 April 2019, brought together leading hospitality stalwarts and students from SHATEC over an evening of celebration and cuisine.
The Industry Mentorship Programme @ SHATEC (IMPS) marked its fourth year as Singapore’s premier industry initiative connecting SHATEC students with industry experts.
Over 200 mentees have benefitted tremendously from seventy-three mentors since its induction in 2015 – a figure that is set to grow in years to come!
Shared Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Mayor of South West District, Ms Low Yen Ling: “Since its launch in July 2015, SHATEC’s Industry Mentorship Programme has been a meaningful platform connecting industry experts in hospitality with SHATEC students, where they receive guidance and career mentoring, preparing them for the 21st century workforce. I am confident the programme will help SHATEC in producing a continuous pipeline of workforce-ready talents for the hospitality sector.”
Mentors and mentees are paired based on course specialisations, where through expert guidance and career mentoring, helps students gain first-hand insights into the workforce beyond classroom contexts.
Speaking at the appreciation dinner, IMPS’ co-chairpersons, Ms Wee Wei Ling, Executive Director (Asset & Lifestyle) of Pan Pacific Hotels Group Limited and Mrs Diana Ee-Tan, Director of Far East Orchard Limited and Chairman of Mount Faber Leisure Group, commended the programme for its significant contribution towards a more fulfilling and progressive hotel industry, and how the connections and camaraderie between mentors and mentees help to retain industry talent and provide an extensive network for young aspiring professionals.
IMPS has played a crucial role to equip SHATEC students with the skill sets for the future workforce and to crystallise their options out of the various career pathways in hospitality. Even after the culmination of the programme, the relationship fostered between mentee and mentor continues to transform into lifelong friendships and partnerships.
Shared Chester Tia, SHATEC alumnus and former mentee of IMPS: “I have gained a lot from my mentor, Mr Nicholas Lim, Managing Director at The Travel Corporation. I am thankful for this programme that enables me to have a mentor I look up to and can seek advice from. I definitely hope to become a mentor with IMPS one day so I can give back to this programme that has helped me significantly.”
When asked what drew him to become a mentor, Mr Nicholas Lim, Managing Director at The Travel Corporation added, “From my perspective, I saw real value in making a direct contribution to the student/s where they are exposed to the realities of the industry. This programme equips them with foresight and readies them mentally for the tasks ahead.”
The Industry Mentorship Programme @ SHATEC would continue to impact students who will contribute to the growth of the hospitality and tourism industry. Here’s to IMPS!