Scholarship opportunities for Timor-Leste locals ahead of Hilton Dili Palm Springs opening

The soon-to-open Hilton Dili Palm Springs will collaborate with the New Zealand Embassy to train Timor-Leste team members by offering scholarships in Hilton hotels in New Zealand.

The partnership will see Hilton Dili Palm Springs provide short-term training scholarships to selected Timor-Leste citizens who will be trained in Hilton-managed hotels in New Zealand.

Funded by the New Zealand government, six team members from Timor-Leste have been given the opportunity to undergo a six-month training program to enhance their English language skills and join a Hilton property in New Zealand to receive on-the-job hospitality skills training.

Each of them will spend the half year at a Hilton hotel in Queenstown or Taupo, working in departments ranging from Front Office and Kitchen to Commercial, Housekeeping and Engineering.

Following the completion of the program, the team members will return to Hilton Dili Palm Springs to begin full time employment with the hotel, which will be the first internationally-branded hotel to open in Timor-Leste when it opens later this year.

“It is an amazing opportunity to be able to partner with the New Zealand Embassy in Timor-Leste and our hotels in New Zealand to run such an incredible program,” said Ryan Mikkelson, general manager at Hilton Dili Palm Springs.

“The program is shaped to enable our new team members to be immersed in a different culture, develop new skills at an international level and learn first-hand about our Hilton values and culture.

“On returning home for the opening of the hotel, these team members will be our brand ambassadors and mentors to their new fellow team members. We are confident they will enable us to deliver exceptional guest experiences and support the development of hospitality and tourism in Timor-Leste.”