Sandals and HEART Trust partner to create entertainment management course

 Sandals and Beaches Resorts Entertainment Group Director, Joel Ryan, shows off his dance moves during the interactive session of the 'Dancehall A Wi Everyting' forum that was held recently.  (Photos: Contributed)
Sandals and Beaches Resorts Entertainment Group Director, Joel Ryan, shows off his dance moves during the interactive session of the ‘Dancehall A Wi Everyting’ forum that was held recently.  (Photos: Contributed)

Sandals Resorts International through its Sandals Corporate University has partnered with the HEART College of Hospitality Services to launch an event planning and management training programme geared towards enhancing the capabilities of entertainment managers in the hospitality industry.

The nine-month associate degree programme is a modified version of a similar course which was already being offered by HEART and was re-designed specifically to suit the needs of entertainment managers working in the hotel sector. This programme, the first of its kind, was aimed at improving the overall management of entertainment in the hospitality industry, making entertainment managers more knowledgeable in the area of events planning, enhancing their competence and providing certification.

 Participants of the 'Dancehall a wi Everything' forum participate in the question and answer session of the event.
Participants of the ‘Dancehall a wi Everything’ forum participate in the question and answer session of the event.

Providing an overview of the programme, Sandals’ Group Manager for Themed Entertainment and Activities, Joel Ryan, said: “The main components of the course were built from our everyday activities and skills we need to be the best at our jobs. Programme modules included budgeting and planning, occupational health and safety, conversational Spanish and talent recruitment. We wanted to enhance the knowledge and marketability of our entertainment managers by providing them with opportunities for growth and development, and we are confident that this degree has expanded their leadership capacity.”

 Presenters (from left) Dr Lisa Tomlinson, Lecturer at the University of the West Indies; Maria Hitchins,  Dance Lecturer at the Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts; and Colleen Douglas,  Marketing and Communications Specialist at Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts react to discussions during ‘Dancehall A Wi Everyting’ Forum.
Presenters (from left) Dr Lisa Tomlinson, Lecturer at the University of the West Indies; Maria Hitchins,  Dance Lecturer at the Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts; and Colleen Douglas,  Marketing and Communications Specialist at Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts react to discussions during ‘Dancehall A Wi Everyting’ Forum.

Participants included Sandals and Beaches entertainment managers from the Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril and South Coast regions who attended classes twice per week at Sandals Resorts International’s head office in Montego Bay. They were assessed in various areas, including planning and execution of a conference or symposium and most importantly improving guests’ experience at the resorts. 

Presenters, Dr. Lisa Tomlinson, Lecturer at the University of the West Indies,  Maria Hitchins,  Dance Lecturer at the Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts and Colleen Douglas,  Marketing and Communications Specialist at Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts react to discussions during the recently held ‘Dancehall A Wi Everyting’ Forum

DSC_2069 – Participants of the ‘Dancehall a wi Everything’ forum, participate in the question and answer session of the forum.

DSC_2176 – Dr. Maria Hitchins, Dance Lecturer at the Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts, makes her presentation during the “Dancehall a wi everything forum”.

DSC_2288 – Sandals and Beaches Resorts Entertainment Group Director, Joel Ryan, shows off his dance moves during the interactive session of the “Dancehall A Wi Everyting forum’ held recently.