Cook Islands’ leading boutique hotel and resort management company, Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG), recently extended an offer to local high school students interested in gaining practical work experience during their school holiday period. Placements were offered within the resort group’s marketing department, located at their head office complex in Muri, Rarotonga.
The first work experience placement was held during the recent October school holiday break with Senior Tereora College student, Tuvaine Taio becoming the first successful applicant. Supported closely by Marketing Services Manager, Esther Heather and her team, Tuvaine was involved in a wide range of marketing duties during the two week placement, including social media management, design and advertisement video creation and general marketing office administrative duties.
Upon completion Heather reported; “It was a pleasure to have Tuvaine with us over the last two weeks; Tuvaine is a talented individual, a quick learner and has made some great contributions to our department during the short time she was with us. We wish her well with her future studies and coming school exams”.
PRHG are currently seeking applications from students for the second intake commencing in mid December, at the start of the next school holiday period. They will also be in contact with teachers, school principals and careers advisors asking for student recommendations.
PRHG recognises the need to retain local talent and by providing students with practical work experience opportunities which allow students to gain an insight into a possible future career pathways within the hospitality and tourism sector, in an industry essential to the Cook Islands economy and future.
This opportunity provided to local Cook Islands youth reflects significantly on a key aspect of the company’s Environmental and Sustainability policy to “strive to employ and develop the skills of Cook Islanders before we employ non Cook Island workers”. While PRHG feels it is also necessary to have migrant employees who can bring with them certain skill sets, it is of first preference to employ Cook Islands nationals where possible. For further information on this opportunity or to apply please email your expression of interests to Esther Heather, Marketing Services Manager at [email protected].