Sandals Corporate University – Reid Tingle’s empowerment tool

When he started with Sandals ten and a half years ago, Reid Tingle was uncertain where his journey would take him, but he knew it would be a great adventure. Reid started as a sanitation supervisor at the then Sandals Dunn’s River in 2008, he then quickly transitioned to the food and beverage department as a cook through the on the job training courses offered by the group.

Reid Tingle

His transition in the various stages (cook 3, cook 2, and cook 1) took a lot of hard work and dedication but Reid was passionate about his career and did the necessary work to achieve his goal.

Currently a Chef de partie (supervisor in charge of dinner), Reid aspires to become a sous chef in two years. “I know I can reach my goal, all I need to do is continue to work hard and I will get there.  I have gotten a lot of opportunities through this company and for that, I am very grateful.  I have learned so much just being on the job daily, I don’t think I would have gotten all this anywhere else.” 

“I know I can reach my goal, all I need to do is continue to work hard and I will get there.”

— Reid Tingle

 “Sandals gives their team members an opportunity to excel in whatever field they desire.  The company understands that not always where you start is where you will end up,” Reid said as he made reference to the cross-training programme offered by the group which he has been a beneficiary of.

“The company understands that not always where you start is where you will end up”

— Reid Tingle

The cross-training programme offered through the Sandals Corporate University (SCU) provides team members with the opportunity to explore other fields of the hotel industry through flexible on the job training. “The cross-training programme has really helped me to get to where I am today,” he continued.

Reid has not only benefited from the on the job training opportunities but has also ascertained certification from the New England Culinary Institute. He has also won several awards during his time with the company, including; Pacesetter of the Year for 2018 and Diamond Team Member of the month.

“I admire his drive to succeed and I have no doubt that he will reach great heights in the company”

Training and Development Manager Roxanne Brown speaks highly of Reid’s commitment to his SCU courses, “Reid is always seeking new ways to advance in the SCU courses. He is always ahead of the game and continues to ensure that he meets all his deadlines. I admire his drive to succeed and I have no doubt that he will reach great heights in the company continuing on this path.”

“I look forward to what the future has to offer, I have a few more courses that I want to pursue and I intend to do so through the SCU.  I know that I will be able to achieve my dreams here and I intend to stay focused and put in the work.  The doors of unlimited possibilities are open so I intend to make full use of them.  I always tell the younger team members that the sky is the limit and with hard work they can and will achieve their goal.”