VANESSA JULIETTE TAKES PRESIDENT’S CUP IN RACE FOR BEST STUDENT AT STA
The annual graduation at the Seychelles Tourism Academy on Friday afternoon, during which 198 students graduated from their respective courses, turned into THE event in the young life of Vanessa Juliette, when she was announced to be the winner of the President’s Cup.
She received her award at the International Conference Centre from the country’s Vice President Danny Faure, in the presence of the Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St. Ange, STA Principal Flavien Joubert, government officials, academy staff, family and friends.
STA, which is presently undergoing a complete transformation in what will upon completion be a state of the art training facility for vocational and tertiary courses, is also partnering with the Shannon College and has MoU’s in place with hotel schools in Shanghai, Muscat and Valetta / Malta. Principal Joubert was quoted in details sent to this correspondent to have remarked: ‘My message to you is be determined to work hard to prove that you can do the job efficiently, be passionate about your career, and whatever you do to work your way up the ladder at promoting everyday activities, be positive, maintain a good self esteem. Always be very presentable, and well groomed. Always provide services with a smile.’ He was reportedly visibly pleased when he announced that pass rates for the courses started at 80 percent levels, rising to 100 percent for two courses, a remarkable accomplishment and evidence for the high standards of teaching, as well as for the commitment of the students sitting exams.
Said the source, remaining unnamed for not being the official spokesperson for the organization: ‘Our best students will have the opportunity for further studies, either here or at Shannon. Those who performed very well can hope for selection when the next batch of students is selected to study for diplomas and degrees. Tourism is growing in Seychelles and STA is providing the skills for young Seychellois to start a career in the sector. When trained, they can take up new job openings in new resorts or replace expatriates when their contracts come to an end. When you next come back to the campus you will see how much progress has been made in construction. We are on course to complete phase one according to the revised schedule and our students will then have the best facilities available anywhere in the Indian Ocean if not the entire Africa’.
All graduates received their certificates from the Seychelles Tourism Academy but also from the London based City & Guilds, widening the acceptance of their qualifications to the global hospitality and tourism industry.
Congratulations to Vanessa and all the other students, on completing their courses and excelling. Seychelles, truly Another World.