Swiss International School Dubai held work experience at Burj Al Arab

Swiss International School Dubai held work experience at Burj Al Arab

The luxury hotel helped train BTEC Business Management and Hospitality students

A batch of students undertaking the new BTEC course in Business Management and Hospitality at Swiss International School Dubai recently spent a week undertaking work experience at the UAE's famous Burj al Arab hotel.

The only course of its kind in the UAE, the Pearson BTEC International Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and Hospitality is offered by the school as part of its International Baccalaureate (IB) careers-related programme for students aged between 16 and 18.

Swiss International School Dubai gives students the opportunity to pursue a Swiss quality education, studying three academic subjects alongside the BTEC. As part of the course, students spend one day a week at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, part of the Jumeirah Group of hotels, and a key element of the course is work experience. 

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The five students who got to train at Burj Al Arab had to formally apply for the experience with a letter and CV. The successful candidates joined the hotel's concierge, reservations, housekeeping and front-of-house spa teams over the course of the week to learn more about the hotel’s operations.

Students undertaking the BTEC are anticipated to continue their studies at some of the world’s most renowned hospitality universities in Switzerland, such as Les Roches International School of Hotel Management and Glion Institute of Higher Education.

The landmark Burj Al Arab hotel

Swiss International School Dubai’s IBCP coordinator Lisa Bardin said: “Experiencing hands-on work in such an iconic and prestigious establishment as the Burj Al Arab hotel is invaluable, especially for those pursuing a career in business management and hospitality.

“Work experience at one of the most iconic hotel groups in the world can only add value to the student’s portfolio and CV. They will also receive a reference from the Burj Al Arab team and develop a network of contacts.”

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