MANILA, 16 December 2014 – Twenty-two Master Trainers and 20 Master Assessors celebrated their graduation day this week after weeks of comprehensive training programmes of Master Trainers and Master Assessors for Food and Beverages (F&B) Service Division conducted by the William Angliss Institute at the Diamond Hotel Philippines.

This training is part of the programme to support the implementation of Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) on Tourism Professional which allows certified tourism professionals to work in other ASEAN countries. Taking into account the high interest of the region’s tourism training and education institutions and tourism industries, ASEAN would soon have high-qualified tourism professionals working in the industry delivering high quality services.

This is the fourth batch of graduates, after the first batch for Housekeeping Division arranged in Bali in November-December 2012, the second batch for Food Production Division organised in Bangkok in September and the third batch for Front Office Division in Bali in October this year. In total, the region is now supported by 83 qualified ASEAN Tourism Master Trainers and 89 ASEAN Tourism Master Assessors for housekeeping, food production, F&B services and front office, whose roles are crucial in conducting national trainers and assessors to achieve certification of 6,000 ASEAN tourism professionals by 2015.

Similar to the previous trainings, participants for the Master Trainers programme went on a three-week training schedule, while the Master Assessors programme took two weeks to accomplish. For evaluation, the graduation ceremony was followed by special ASEAN Tourism Professional Monitoring Committee (ATPMC) meeting, as well as regional workshop. The workshop finalised the toolboxes for Master Trainer and Master Assessor—a training package to be delivered to national programme in respective ASEAN Member States that would ensure consistency of the delivery throughout the region. As a follow up to this training, Pilot Programme for ASEAN National Trainers and Assessors will be conducted in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam in March and April next year.

This programme is funded by the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP) Phase II.