Blue Mountains, Australia's only institution in the Sofitel’s School of Excellence


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In August, the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) became the only school in Australia to become part of Sofitel's School of Excellence. This honor builds on the School's reputation as the leading hotel school in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Accor, one of the world's leading hotel groups, which operates the prestigious 5-star Sofitel brand, recently established the Sofitel School of Excellence as part of its Global Ambassador program which connects its 25,000 employees worldwide. The program focuses on attracting talented employees, retention of employees and offering career advancement opportunities. BMIHMS is now part of a select group of only 15 hotel schools around the world whose students are eligible to participate in the program.

Chosen graduates will have the unique opportunity to participate in a 12-18 month program which is a fast-track graduate management program offering support and mentorship from a senior Sofitel manager. The aim of the program is to enable graduates to quickly move to a leadership position while receiving support and coaching as they progress.

BMIHMS is honored to have been selected as the only Australian hotel school to be part of the program. "This is such a wonderful opportunity for BMIHMS graduates to join a progressive and growing organization that is so focused on excellence and providing tailored service to all their guests. Sofitel is recognized as one of the world's best hotel brands and we are pleased to be able to offer skilled and passionate graduates to become Sofitel's future leaders" said Janette Illingsworth, Senior Manager Industry Development.

Edward Pearce, Director of Human Resources at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins and Regional HR Coordinator for Sofitel Australia said "We visited many of the leading hotel schools in Australia and found the BMIHMS learning style and professionalism of graduates the most suitable for the School of Excellence program. The School of Excellence is exclusive in nature and aims to ensure Sofitel's employees have the chance to demonstrate the three core Sofitel values of Spirit of Openness, Passion of Excellence and Essence of 'Plaisir'. We look forward to welcoming BMIHMS graduates to Sofitel and the School of Excellence".

BMIHMS graduates will be selected for the School of Excellence based on a range of criteria including academic performance, professional commitment and attitude.