Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. (Hotel Okura) has announced it is entering into a partnership with Tokyo Management College, a practical vocational education institution in Chiba, Japan.
Tokyo Management College and Hotel Okura will be establishing a curriculum offering tourism and hospitality training at the college from April 2021.
Hotel Okura will also be establishing an education and training programme in Japan for its staff in co-operation with Tokyo Management College and Tokyo Masuda Culinary School, a professional chef training institute located in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo. The programme will allow hotel staff to study under the new Tourism and Hospitality Course curriculum. It will also allow chefs preparing Japanese cuisine at Okura group hotels around the world to take classes at Tokyo Masuda Culinary School.
Toshihiro Ogita, president of Hotel Okura said: “We believe that this education and training programme in Japan for our overseas staff will help to significantly strengthen our provision of Japanese-style hospitality and authentic Japanese cuisine to customers in our group hotels around the world.”
From April 2021, a two-year Okura-branded Tourism and Hospitality Course accommodating 40 students will be offered. Hotel Okura will provide course content and instructors, and its group hotels will actively recruit students.
Hotel Okura will cover most of the tuition fees and related expenses of the Hospitality Service Programme for three selected employees of its overseas hotels every year and those being hired by new hotels as they open. Subject to visa requirements and other regulations, Hotel Okura plans to provide opportunities to work at its hotels in Japan, with the aim of “providing students with more practical knowledge and skills”.