CWT opens MICE door to students

SINGAPORE, 28 May 2019: CWT M&E, a global meetings and events agency and Kaplan Higher Education Academy (KHEA), part of Kaplan in Singapore, a private education institution, signed an agreement this week to enhance employment opportunities for students in the hospitality & MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) industries.

The partnership will see the two organisations give KHEA students industry experience, bridging the gap between industry and academia.

“There’s a huge demand for skilled meetings and events professionals to support Singapore’s thriving MICE sector,” said CWT M&E senior director for Asia Pacific Sam Lay. “Our team in Singapore is managing nearly twice as many meetings, events and incentive trips compared to just five years ago.”

In light of the challenges that a tight labour market poses to Singapore’s competitive edge as a MICE hub, talent development is one of the focus areas identified Singapore Tourism Board’s MICE 2020 Roadmap.

As part of this partnership, CWT M&E will create a job-shadowing programme for around 50 KHEA students over three years.

Students pursuing a Diploma in Hospitality Services & Events Operations at KHEA will be eligible to join the KHEA/CWT M&E work program alongside their regular classes.