Sri Lanka Australia hospitality school starts

Jan 09, 2012 (LBO) – A Sri Lanka-Australia joint venture hospitality sector training school ready to begin teaching its first intake of students at a 320 million rupee purpose built facility, officials said. The Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management (CAHM) was set up by the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) and Australia’s William Angliss Institute, a specialist hospitality sector training school.

The school located in the SLIIT campus in Malabe on the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo can teach about five hundred students per year and plans to grow to two thousand students in the next five years.

Officials say the school is not only filling a gap in the industry for new entrants but also a need among mid-career practitioners who seek career advancement.

“Not only new comers, we are planning to train those in the industry,” says CAHM chairman Errol Weerasinghe said.

“There is experienced staff in hotels, but they do not have qualifications. So we will be training the industry in short courses, because some are stagnating in their position, not having the paper qualification to move ahead.”

The school is offering an internationally accepted curriculum