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Why international cruise ships are interested in hiring Kenyans



By Judith Gicobi

The multinational cruise ships that go above and beyond to hire seasoned Kenyans have recognized the need to create job opportunities in the country’s hospitality industry.

Kenyan youngsters have been praised as talented and valuable additions to the hospitality sector by GR8, a global recruitment agency that collaborates with colleges and other organizations in the UK, the Channel Islands, and other countries across the world.

Through this agreement, people in the hospitality industry have the chance to relocate from Kenya and find employment abroad, including the Channel Islands.

Kenya was documenting a significant number of COVID19 positive cases when GR8 recruitment began seeking for Kenyan hospitality workers.

They would be required to go through testing and isolation to determine were fit to start working.

The Kenya Utalii College is known for turning forth diligent, gifted, and competent graduates in the hospitality industry. Kenya Utalii College has produced a large number of the pupils that GR8 has recruited.

Chefs, kitchen porters, housekeepers, receptionists, bartenders, and waiters are among them.

Sam Ikwaye, the branch manager of the Kenya Association of House Keepers and Caterers on the Coast, has noticed that young people in the hospitality industry are being hired by international cruise lines and airlines.

The largest family-owned cruise lines in the world, MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises, he continued, were actively hiring a huge number of Kenyans for positions in the hospitality industry.

“Already MSC Cruises has recruited more than 1,000 Kenyan youth while Royal Caribbean Cruises is now targeting to recruit another 1,000 in an exercise being coordinated by Kenya Maritime Authority and the Kenya Utalii College,” Ikwaye stated.

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In conclusion, he urged Kenyan youth to continue pursuing training in order to secure more lucrative employment possibilities.

“It may appear a good development strategy where hospitality workers get well-paying jobs abroad, but we may soon run out of the quality workforce and getting them back might be expensive,” he advised.

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