The Miramar Hotel and Investment Company has launched a management development programme with a difference.
Recruiting about 10 young people as management associates, the two-year scheme aims to nurture future leaders for the company, also known as Miramar Group. Trainees will attend a hospitality programme delivered by a renowned hotel school from the United States, and receive coaching from senior executives of the company.
"We are expanding aggressively and in great need of change agents who can contribute to our business and deliver results," says Clara Ngan, director of group human resources and administration.
"We have in recent years opened The Mira Hong Kong [hotel] and several new restaurants, and will continue to build our portfolio of serviced apartments. We have plans to set up hotels and restaurants on the mainland," Ngan adds. The group also owns an apparel distribution business and a travel agency.
Ngan says the programme is designed for young executives with some work experience. "They are more likely to know what they want in life and be committed to work," she says. "We are looking for business-savvy individuals who are innovative, driven and customer-focused, and who can facilitate changes."
In the first year, trainees will work in two departments of three core business units. "For example, they will get a taste of the rooms and food and beverage departments under the hotel unit," says Ngan. "We want them to have a big picture of how the group operates."
She adds that trainees will be given assignments in Hong Kong, on the mainland and overseas.
In the second year, they will become assistants to the head of a business unit or function, such as human resources.
"It is important that they observe how decisions are made on the senior level and learn by experience," says Ngan.
In addition to learning on the job, management associates will attend a strategic hospitality management programme designed and delivered by academics from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, as well as a leadership training programme developed by Miramar Group together with a consultancy.
A three-day sharing session will be held every two months.
"We will obtain feedback from the management associates while letting them know what we think of their performance," says Ngan.
Trainees will become managers upon completing the programme. They should be familiar with the business and able to lead a small team. Application is open to university graduates with two to three years' work experience, or individuals with a master's degree and at least a year's work experience.
Candidates should be proficient in English and Chinese. Fluency in Putonghua will be an advantage.
Hopefuls will sit an aptitude test, take part in simulation exercises in the form of role play and games, and meet a panel of senior managers.