Ismail Sirry, GM, Conrad Makkah. Ismail Sirry, GM, Conrad Makkah.

Conrad Makkah is set to boost Saudisation efforts in the hospitality industry with the KSA-wide 'Mudeer Al Mustaqbal' training programme, which fast tracks talented graduates to management positions.

The hotel, which opened in June 2016, has already attracted a significant number of highly-qualified Saudi nationals working across different hotel functions, from security, F&B, housekeeping, concierge, administration to front office and HR departments.

Conrad Makkah will be offering a two-year training programme to talented, recently graduated Saudi nationals to fast track them to management positions under Hilton’s Mudeer Al Mustaqbal (Manager of the Future – MOF) Programme, offered to all 11 Hilton properties in the Kingdom.

During the course, participants will combine operational and all-round experience in F&B, front office and housekeeping, while working within main operational areas.

"At Conrad Makkah, we are committed to creating promising job opportunities and solid working environment for Saudi nationals to help them enhance their skills and expertise and move up in their career ladder,” said Hattan Ahmed Ba’akadah, the hotel’s human resources director, a Saudi national with almost two decades of experience in the hospitality industry.

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"We truly believe that there are many well-educated Saudi graduates who value the effort it takes to build a globally-recognised hospitality experience and acquire crucial managerial competences. Those are the ones we are looking for as team members and those are the ones we are ready to invest in and train as we aim to cultivate and sustain a resilient Saudi workforce in our hotel,” he added.

During the MOF programme, participants have access to Hilton Worldwide University, an online learning platform offering participants more than five million hours of training through 2,500 courses in formats such as e-books, social learning and webinars. They are constantly assessed and mentored by senior managers within Hilton to ensure the smooth progress of their learning and development process.

"There is a great opportunity for the private sector of the hospitality industry to invest in the national workforce of the Kingdom,” said Ismail Sirry, general manager of Conrad Makkah.

“Our strategy has always been focused on attracting highly-educated Saudi nationals and empowering them with necessary skills and expertise to pursue a successful career in hospitality. As a group, we encourage qualified Saudi jobseekers to undertake all kinds of positions in the hospitality sector, because we believe that the national workforce is the sound voice of their local culture and the true advocates of their country’s growth and development.”