2GO, NU ink pact for tourism, hospitality students’ OJT training

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From left to right: Dr. Leonora Concepcion, NU Mall of Asia Executive Director; Sheryl Chua, 2GO Senior Sales Manager; Dr. Rosauro Manuel, NU Group Academic Officer & Chief Information Officer; Dr. Renato Carlos Ermita Jr., NU President & CEO; Sharon Ngo, 2GO Business Unit Head of Sea Solutions; Cecil Valle, 2GO Head of Commercial Sales; Rolando Averilla, NU Vice President for Corporate Affairs; and Dr. Medelene Forbes, NU Manila College of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Photo from 2GO.
  • 2GO Group through its Sea Solutions Business Unit inked a pact with National University to provide maritime experiential on-the-job training for the latter’s tourism and hospitality students
  • The internship program will run from January 2024 to 2027, offering participating students’ mentorship, guidance, and industry insights
  • 2GO president and CEO Frederick DyBuncio said the collaboration with academic institutions like NU will prepare and encourage more competent people to join the travel and logistics sectors

2GO Group, Inc., through its Sea Solutions Business Unit, has inked a pact with National University (NU) to provide maritime experiential on-the-job training for the latter’s tourism and hospitality students.

The partnership aims to equip students with the practical work experience essential for a successful transition into their chosen careers upon graduation.

“This collaboration with academic institutions like NU will prepare and encourage more competent people to join the travel and logistics sectors,” 2GO president and chief executive officer Frederic DyBuncio said in a statement.

The internship program will run from January 2024 to 2027, offering participating students’ mentorship, guidance, and industry insights. Participants will gain firsthand experience in a vessel’s hotel management, particularly valuable for those aspiring to enter the cruise operator field.

Over the three-year partnership, 2GO said participating students will be onboard its vessels, gaining exposure to local hospitality and tourism expertise during a seven-day voyage. In addition to assisting with the onboard hotel and food and beverage operations, students will receive standard lectures from training instructors on guest relations, housekeeping, and food and beverage, among others.

NU president Dr. Renato Carlos Ermita said the internship program with 2GO “will enhance our students’ knowledge, experience and employability upon graduation.”

The onboard learning program will center on harnessing 2GO’s expertise in hospitality services, offering students immersive five to seven-day cruise-like work experiences onboard.

2GO noted that it has been a key player in the country’s maritime training field, offering on-the-job training opportunities to students from diverse colleges and universities nationwide. The company actively accepts and mentors students studying hotel and restaurant management, cruise ship management, and tourism courses, providing them with a hands-on environment to apply and enhance their theoretical knowledge.

2GO offers internship programs tailored for technical marine majors specializing in marine transportation and marine engineering. These programs enable aspiring professionals in the maritime sector to immerse themselves in on-the-job training experiences, fostering the practical skills and industry insights necessary for a successful career in the maritime field.

2GO also offers school tours specifically designed to cover essential information. These quick 1-hour day tours focus on providing a foundational understanding of facilities, accommodation, navigation, ship classification, safety and security measures, as well as the day-to-day routines aboard a vessel.

The 2GO apprenticeship programs can accommodate anywhere from 30 to 300 students per vessel, with the cutoff based on their areas of study.

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