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April 25, 2013

Scholarship program for the Youth in Bali

BHA Press release on the new opening for scholarship  program 2013


Scholarships Boost Employment Among Bali’s Youth
Denpasar, Bali, April 25, 201 - Announcing that its scholarship program is again open to young Balinese, Bali Hotels Association (BHA) has underlined its commitment to developing and empowering the local community.

  The scholarships are the result of a partnership between Bali Hotels Association (BHA) and the Inspirasia Foundation (formerly the Annika Linden Foundation) and have been in place since 2002. Thus far, the program has seen 91 students in total receive full scholarships and partial scholarships, 35 of whom have already graduated and who are now employed at various BHA member hotels.


BHA Chairmain Alessandro Migliore pointed out that the association sees the scholarship program as part of its duty as one of the most-important industries on the island.

“It’s vital to our industry to improve the community in which we live so that the Balinese people themselves benefit from the wealth that travel and tourism bring,” he said.


“Our support comes in two forms: the hotels choose the candidates in the initial stages,” he added. “Thereafter, students that are eligible for full scholarships receive financial support provided by the Inspirasia Foundation, while students that are eligible for partial scholarships get funds from the foundation and other sources including hotel sponsors.”



Recipients of the scholarships are keen to sing the praises of the program.

“’Extraordinary’ is the word I would use to explain the impact that the BHA scholarship has had on my life,” said Pipit Widayanti. Pipit graduated this year with sponsorship from Club Med, and is now working for the St Regis Bali and The Laguna a Luxury Collection.

Meanwhile, Luh Ari Padmayani, completed the program in 2010 after receiving sponsorship from the Four Seasons Resort. She is now working at a senior level —Assistant HR Manager at Alila Villas Uluwatu. She said: “This scholarship program meant a lot to me and my family and it taught me that nothing is impossible as long as you wish for it and work hard to achieve it.”

Seven scholars graduated on April 20 this year, including Pipit, along with Dewa Ayu Putu Erdisoviantini (supported by the Bali Hyatt); Ni Wayan Restika Paramita (supported by Amandari); Ni Putu Sri Antari Pratiwi (also supported by Amandari); (supported by Novotel Benoa); I Putu Subiantara Saputra, (supported by The Legian); I Kadek Alga Aditya, FB Service Management (supported by Grand Hyatt Bali).

BHA scholarship scheme celebrates one decade of success
  Bali Hotels Association Launched a Scholarship Paradigm Book

2013 Board Members
Chairman: Alessandro Migliore
General Manager, The Royal Beach Seminyak
Vice-Chairman: Jean-Charles Le Coz
General Manager, Nikko Bali Resort & Spa
Executive Director:Djinaldi Gosana

Director of Finance: Stephane Varoquier
Director of Marketing & Media Relations: Ron Nomura
 Director of Marketing, Hyatt Resorts Bali
Director of Environment: Christiane Wasfy
General Manager, Anantara Seminyak Bali
Director of Government & Organizations Relations: Hengky Tambayong
Director of Education, Training & Scholarships: Francis Dehnhardt
General Manager, Aerowisata Sanur Beach Bali
Director of Safety And Security: Troy Sinclair
Director of Community Relations & Charity: Virginie Sandstrom
General Manager, Harris Resort Kuta
Director of Sports, Arts & Cultural Activities: I Nyoman Sudana
Executive Assistant Manager, Bali Tropic Resort & Spa
 
For more about Bali Hotels Association, visit www.balihotelsassociation.com
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For further information, contact:

Alessandro Migliore

Chairman | chairman@balihotelsassociation.com



Nia Septinawati

Scholarship and Education Program | hr@balihotelsassociation.com


For press inquiries, contact: Rebecca Leppard

Media & Public Relations | pr@balihotelsassociation.com


Tourism workers demand lower certification fees

Bali Daily 

by Wasti Atmodjo on 2013-04-26
The Bali Tourism Workers Association (SP-Par) is demanding that the government lower the fees to take part in the certification process.

The association chairman, Putu Satyawira Mahendra, told Bali Daily on Wednesday that only 1,500 out of 10,000 workers had already obtained the required certification.

“The high fees to enroll in the certification programs have prevented many workers from taking these examinations, although they are badly needed to upgrade their level of professionalism,” Mahendra said.

Tourism workers are now hoping that the government revises the fees to allow more people the opportunity to become certified.

Mahendra said that a participant had to pay Rp 350,000 (US$36) per subject for the examinations.

“The examination requirements differ from one another, depending on job position. Workers in higher positions have to pay more as they have to take more subjects to upgrade,” he explained.

Mahendra also complained that the materials for the examinations were generally similar despite the fact that the workers had different types of jobs.

“It is strange that people working in the kitchen department and those in the front office have to take similar kinds of tests. Their job descriptions are very different. Why should they take the same tests,” he questioned.

The fees for all the exams are also similar. “Can you imagine that workers who do not work in the kitchen have to pay similar fees, while they do not have to take practical examinations, such as cooking, which requires a lot of ingredients and equipment,” he said.

The idea to generalize the tests, the fees and way of doing the tests was also far from idealistic. “Every person working in a hotel has their own specific job description. Even those working in the kitchen are divided into several sections — pastry, Western food, and other such things,” he added.

The need to improve the certification examinations and the whole system is urgent given that Indonesia is now approaching the deadline for the enforcement of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, which will open the ASEAN region to a free flow of workers and professionals.

In the meantime, Ida Bagus Kade Subhiksu, head of the Bali Tourism office, said that the competency tests required for the certification were a must in tourism.

“Both employers and workers should have a similar perception on the need to get the certificates. Employers are encouraged to support their workers in terms of giving them time and financial assistance,” Subhiksu said.

Separately, Ketut Putra Suartana, chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Profession Certification Board (LPS) commented that in Bali the provincial and regional administrations had so far financed the certification programs.

“The program is free. Workers will only have to come and attend the exams, but only a very few show up,” Suartana added.

In Bali, the local government has provided 5,000 posts for tourism workers to take part in the certification programs, which is in addition to the 5,800 posts given by the central government.
 
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