CWT M&E, Kaplan partner to create career opportunities

CWT M&E and Kaplan Higher Education Academy (KHEA) – part of private education institution Kaplan in Singapore – have signed an agreement to enhance employment opportunities for students in the hospitality & MICE industries.

As part of this partnership, CWT M&E will create a job-shadowing programme for around 50 KHEA students over the course of three years. Students pursuing a Diploma in Hospitality Services & Events Operations at KHEA will be eligible to join the programme alongside their regular classes.

From left: Kaplan Singapore’s Christopher Harris; Kaplan Higher Education Academy’s May Soh; CWT Meetings & Events’ Sam Lay and Xinling Yap

Over a month, participating students will support CWT M&E’s daily operations including venue sourcing, onsite support, budget entries, and supplier management. CWT M&E will also provide training opportunities for students to gain hands-on exposure to the MICE industry.

Students who meet the CWT M&E recruitment criteria upon graduation will be given the opportunity to apply for jobs with the company.

Sam Lay, senior director for Asia Pacific at CWT M&E, pointed out a “huge demand for skilled meetings and events professionals” in Singapore and said the partnership will help to “contribute to the industry’s talent pipeline”, especially since his team in Singapore is “managing nearly twice as many meetings, events and incentive trips compared to just five years ago”.

May Soh, vice president of sales and market development, KHEA, added that this partnership will help to provide students with “the opportunity to gain hands-on, real world experience related to their field of study”, which will be a “valuable stepping stone to a career in the hospitality & MICE sectors”.

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