Marriott boosts employment equity with Khulanathi programme
The 12-month programme focuses on developing employment equity talent from within and supporting candidates in becoming hotel general managers, as well as those who have been recently appointed as a general managers.
Khulanathi, which means ‘grow with us’, affords candidates the opportunity to take on a five-month management development programme, run through the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development. Marriott International grants participants the required study leave and provides full bursaries for the duration of the course. For the remaining months, candidates take on an internal curriculum which includes formal education, cross-exposure and job shadowing.
Francisca Martinez, chief human resources officer for the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region says: “The Khulanathi programme was launched to build a strong internal talent pipeline to put promising equity candidates on the path to growing to senior manager levels. We’re delighted at the success of the very first ten Khulanathi graduates and we are now poised for this year’s second intake.”
The first Khulanathi graduation ceremony was held on 13 June 2022. It was an occasion to celebrate the top performers in this group including Bridgette Ngono, General Manager of Protea by Marriott Karridene Beach.
Commenting on the programme, Ngono says: “Khulanathi has offered us a fantastic opportunity to focus on our development in leadership practices. The online learning modules, targeted on-the-job training, and special projects with assigned mentors enabled us to both learn important leadership theory, and then put it into practice in our workplaces. It’s been a rewarding year of boosting our knowledge, skills and confidence in leading our teams.”
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