UK: The Institute of Hospitality (IoH) will use the funds raised from its online auction to enhance its ‘Mentor Me’ program through technology.
The new platform will enable mentees to undergo professional job interview training. The program currently has over 300 pairs of mentors and mentees, all of which are members of the IoH.
Alistair Sandall, the Institute’s head of professional development, said: “Time and again we hear from our members that mentoring has been instrumental in helping them to reach their professional goals and aspirations, so it’s great to now have the means to augment our already successful mentoring programme with the use of technology.
“Building the capacity to conduct mock online job interviews could not be better timed,” he continued. “Hospitality is in the throes of a hiring spree, and we want to make sure that our members are prepared for those critical interviews.”
Robert Richardson FIH, chief executive of the Institute of Hospitality, said: “I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who helped us to promote our very first on-line auction designed for a great cause, and especially those who placed such generous bids. Without your support, we would not now be in the position to purchase the leading-edge technology that will make the Institute of Hospitality’s ‘Mentor Me’ mentoring programme even more beneficial and relevant.”
The auction, which took place between 28 June to 18 July, involved supports of the IoH and members of the general public silencing bidding on more than 40 items.
These included dining experiences with Monica Galetti, Michel Roux Jr and Marcus Wareing; a seven-day luxury escape to Barbados; hotel stays in Malmaison or Hotel du Vin property; cricket and golf packages, and more.