Seychelles: New Director of Seychelles Tourism Academy will use innovation and drive to meet hospitality market needs
Innovation and dynamism are what the new director of the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) wants to bring to the academy.
Newly appointed Terence Max said STA must become “the path to success for every young Seychellois”. Max added that his vision for the educational institution is for the Seychelles tourism and hospitality industry to rely on STA to provide them with quality skills and talent that will fit the specific demands of their businesses.
“We should be able to meet the demands of the industry and, in turn, they should be convinced that STA is a reliable source for their talent recruitments,” Max said in a recent interview with the Seychelles Nation daily.
The appointment of Max was recently announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Sylvestre Radegonde in a general meeting with the staff of the institution.
“It’s been over nine years since I left STA, and of course during my absence I know there have been a lot of developments, but my immediate goal is to take stock to see what has been done, and what is STA’s position in this new environment we are working in, ”added Max, who has experience in the tourism industry and academia.
Max has hospitality management qualifications, Bachelor of Education and Master of Science degrees from universities and educational institutions in the UK, Switzerland and Singapore. Over the years, he has held key management positions in various tourism establishments, internationally as well as in Seychelles – 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. Max has also been a lecturer at the Academy of Tourism and recently at the University of Seychelles (UniSey).
“My vision is that STA is focused on its mandate, and in my opinion its mandate is to act as the environment in which we enlist, we choose the positive elements to develop and train, to take up positions later. key in the industry Our role is to produce quality local talent for the industry, ”he explained.
According to Max, STA depends on industry requirements. “Depending on the demands of the industry, we can adapt our programs and control the demands. The industry is evolving, it is dynamic, and of course, with the pandemic, the industry has changed its way of doing things, so we must also change and evolve to meet their demands. So, it involves teamwork, it involves other organizations, the Ministry of Education, the Seychelles Qualification Authority, schools, parents, stakeholders and of course the industry, so we let’s all participate together and see how the academy can move forward, ”added Max.
Max takes over as head of the academy following the retirement of Flavien Joubert, who retired earlier this year. Joubert ran the school for 13 years.
During the presentation of the new director, Minister Radegonde referred to the proposed restructuring to the ministry and said that the academy would be fully supported.
“Everyone you interact with today talks about the challenges they face in recruiting and retaining staff. Review the mandate of the ATS and ask yourself if it shouldn’t be changed or rearranged, slightly modified, so that we can ultimately provide the country, and the tourism industry, as well as the economy, with the manpower it requires, ”explained Radegonde.
According to the minister, this is a big challenge, “but what I can say on behalf of the leadership at the ministry level, we give you our full support at all times, because your success is the success of the ministry and the country” , says Radegonde.