Budding hotel stars of the future encouraged to become ‘Aspiring Leaders’

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Applications for the Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma (MIALD) 2017 are now open, and junior managers, senior supervisors and heads of departments working in the hotel industry are encouraged to apply.

Now in its 6th year, the MIALD sees students study for an internationally and industry recognised Level 3 Award from the Institute of Leadership & Management, learning through a combination of group workshops, back-to-work activities, private study, project work, best practice visits and guest speakers with specialist experience.

Taking place over a 12-month period, study sessions begin in April 2017 and are broken down into two-day sessions giving students the opportunity to learn more about themselves, their business and the industry to develop their skills and career further.

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The diploma is also endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality, enabling graduating participants to be awarded Associate membership of the industry’s professional body.

Designed to develop management skills, leadership talent and build career prospects, the MIALD covers eight key business areas: Business Management, Business Marketing and Sales, Consumer Management, Finance and Business Planning, Human Resources Management, Legislative Management, Professional Development and Leadership.

The course is delivered within a variety of outstanding hotel venues with past hosts including Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Aviator Hotel, Grosvenor House London, a JW Marriott Hotel and Northcote.

The experience allows junior managers to acquire the underpinning knowledge to better lead their teams while at the same time enabling them to expand their awareness of the industry and of other hotels.

Jonathan Scoble, conference and banqueting beverage manager at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel took part in the diploma last year: “Working my way up the ladder without any formal university training means that some parts of the industry can be missed. This course covers the essential areas that are vital for future managers in the industry. The experiences that surround the course are also exceptional. Each hotel you visit puts you in the customers’ shoes, and being able to talk to some of the UK’s greatest General Managers and Master Innholders is inspiring.”

Applicants must be nominated by a senior colleague and complete an application form by 17 February 2017.

Some financial support is provided by the Master Innholders Charitable Trust, with the employer of each successful applicant required to contribute £1,500 towards the overall cost of the programme.

For more information about the MIALD and details of how to apply, please visit www.masterinnholders.co.uk/aspiring-leaders-diploma.

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