Summer camps and study trips overseas may be off the table just now, but there are so many great activities and learning opportunities online. For anyone preparing for university or keen on entering the hospitality industry, there are hospitality courses in Singapore that are fully conducted online. One is “Hospitality in a Digital World”, a programme run by EHL (Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne). This is one of four courses offered by the EHL Junior Academy.
Although this online summer camp prepares teens for university, the skills acquired are useful for life beyond. Through live and interactive sessions and individual and team challenges, this course provides teenagers with a range of skills to succeed in their careers. What’s more, classes are conducted 100 percent online; that means you can login from anywhere in the world.
We asked the Head of EHL Academy Programmes, Linda Papasidero, what to expect from the Hospitality in a Digital World online summer camp. Linda oversees quality maintenance of the EHL Junior Academy and EHL certified schools; she provides academic consulting support, development of Hospitality Learning Centres around the world and delivery of Executive Education courses.
(Psst! … Read to the end for chance at winning a seat at EHL’s Digital Junior Academy from 19 to 23 July.)
How does this hospitality course in Singapore prepare someone for working in the industry and beyond?
The modules and projects in this online course for teens will build these key skills:
- Team collaboration
- Innovative spirit
- Building your hospitality concept
- Knowing your customers
- Leadership and intercultural skills
- Business etiquette and presentation skills
Participants will take part in creative and interactive team projects, both theory and application based, built around the hospitality industry. The projects impart necessary hospitality and business knowledge, and give students the chance to put these into practice.
What are some skills that students will pick up from this online summer camp?
Students will pick up a mix of hard and soft skills.
- Identifying the main differences between using social media for personal and business purposes
- How to evaluate and manage business accounts in line with business objectives
- Learning about technology’s role in the industry now and as predicted for the future
It’s very important to be up-to-date with current technology and trends that are running and rising in the hospitality sector. It’s also equally important to learn how to use technology to truly value-add to the business.
- Discovering what leadership means
- What are the qualities and behaviours to be a good leader in a fast-paced, dynamic, and multicultural environment
- The essential values, behaviours and appearances required to make a good first impression in the workplace or in job interviews
- How to successfully lead a business negotiation anywhere in the world
If the student chooses to work rather than progressing to the Bachelors programme, can the skills still be applied?
The skills and knowledge acquired from this online course for teens are evergreen skills in demand in any workplace. They’ll help students evolve with the digital times, build relationships, lead and work in teams, and present themselves. No matter what path they take after the Junior Academy, the takeaways will lay a key foundation for that path.
What roles does this online hospitality course in Singapore prepare a student for?
Hospitality covers many different sectors, from traditional hotels and restaurants, to entertainment, luxury, transportation and, more broadly, the service industry.
Therefore, this online course for teens prepares students for any role that requires service excellence. It develops teenagers’ knowledge of communication and business etiquette, online collaboration and leadership, professionalism as well as interview skills. They’ll learn about what competencies employers in any industry are looking for and build on that with practical assignments.
What are the requirements for applying for Hospitality in a Digital World?
Students who would like to apply for this programme must meet the following requirements:
- At least 14 years of age
- Ability to speak English at an upper intermediate level – recommended: TOEFL iBT grade of at least 80 or IELTS score of at least 6.0
- A keen interest for team activities and hands-on learning
Other hospitality courses in Singapore by EHL Junior Academy
The EHL Junior Academy offers three other summer camps. They’re held at two of their campuses in Switzerland – Lausanne and Passugg – and also here in Singapore. Here’s what they entail:
Lausanne: Hospitality Business & Innovation
Overview of the many aspects of hospitality and an introduction to hospitality. This is a week-long immersion in a multicultural session. Besides including practical workshops, visits of regional landmarks, teamwork and simulation games, there’s a gala dinner.
Passugg: Culinary Arts
Immersive, out-of-the-ordinary summer camp in one of Switzerland’s most scenic regions. It’s a good balance of cooking classes, latest F&B trends and lots of outdoors activities.
Singapore: International Hospitality & Luxury Brand Management
Crash course in luxury brand management, and also an introduction to the world of international hospitality. Includes visits to iconic business and hotels, plus contributions from Singaporean tourism officials.
Special for Expat Living readers!
Here’s a chance for your teenager to experience the unique education model, vibe and spirit of EHL. The school is giving away one seat for its Digital Junior Academy course, from 19 to 23 July 2021. Simply fill in your details here. Last day for entries is 5 July!
Written in collaboration with:
EHL Junior Academy