INFOTEP announces expansion of Dual Training Program

The general director of the National Institute of Technical Professional Training (INFOTEP), Rafael Santos Badía, announced the expansion of the Dual Training Program for the tourism sector, while participating in a luncheon meeting with the Board of Directors of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), within the framework of the twenty-third Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) fair.

Santos Badía valued the declarations of the executive vice-president of ASONAHOARES, Andrés Marranzini, who expressed that this entity is committed to the development of the Dual Program in the hotels.

INFOTEP’s goal with the Dual Training Program is to increase the number of young apprentices to 20,000 in the coming years throughout the country, according to the director of the institution.

During the luncheon meeting, the general director of INFOTEP, Rafael Santos Badía, presented the training projects implemented by the institution in support of the country’s tourism sector.

At the meeting, which was attended by the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, and the president of ASONAHORES, David Llibre, as well as international guests, Santos Badía also presented the new training programs, designed according to the demand of the sectors linked to the industry.

Among the training programs aimed at the tourism sector, Santos Badía mentioned bar and restaurant, lodging, hotel reception, gastronomy, industrial refrigeration, industrial mechanics, physical plant maintenance, electricity and languages.INFOTEP Announces Dual Training Program

In addition, he made available to the hotel sector the new training centers that INFOTEP has, with the purpose of improving the technical skills of human capital.

“The strategy is to train people who live close to the businesses to lower costs for the companies and increase the quality of service, through specific training actions in the hotel area”, indicated Santos Badía.

In his speech, he described tourism as a transversal axis of development in the Dominican Republic, which requires qualified personnel.

He added that, in order to respond to the demands of the sector, “INFOTEP is working on the construction of modern centers, among which we can mention the City of Knowledge in Punta Cana, as well as the opening of a Hotel and Tourism School in the Hermanas Mirabal province, and the Hotel Villa Suiza, in Sabana de la Mar”.

Another facility that will serve to train the human talent of the national tourism industry is the Guarocuya Hotel, whose refurbishment is in process.

“Tourism, creativity and the orange economy are the best business,” said the general director of INFOTEP before concluding his speech.

With this participation, INFOTEP reaffirms its support to the strengthening of the tourism sector, offering training through its different Regional Directorates, with the objective of providing the market with collaborators who can offer quality services.

Tour of the “Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange” Fair

After the meeting, the INFOTEP general director toured the tourism fair, held at the Barceló Hotel convention center, accompanied by ASONAHORES president, David Llibre.

By visiting the different pavilions with arts and crafts exhibiting ecological materials, praising the cultural and creative industries, Santos Badía promotes INFOTEP as one of the most important training and knowledge certification channels in the country.

INFOTEP continues to unify efforts in support of improving the country’s tourism activities, the main axis of the Dominican economy.


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