Mews has partnered with pop-up hospitality school pioneers Saira Hospitality to transform education in the hospitality industry and help with ongoing staffing shortages.
“Our two companies are passionate about challenging the status quo and innovation, Mews with technology and Saira with people and education,” said Harsha L’Acqua, Founder and CEO at Saira Hospitality. “After just one discussion, it became clear that our graduates would benefit immensely from harnessing Mews’ tech platform to elevate hospitality training and service and ultimately re-inspire the industry.”
There are two elements to the new partnership: first, five new hospitality schools will be created around the world, using Saira’s innovative curriculum and expertise in creating cutting-edge training program to create a skilled, dedicated workforce. The first school will open in London in June 2023 and will be followed by a pop-up in Amsterdam later in the year.
Saira Hospitality specializes in sourcing undiscovered talent that may otherwise have been overlooked by the hospitality industry. Their global curriculum specializes in life skills development that equip students with essential hospitality skills including leadership, communication and emotional intelligence. After completing the program, graduates will then be employed at properties running on Mews.
Secondly, work will begin on migrating the key parts of Saira’s curriculum online to the Mews University platform. This will offer Mews customers and the wider industry access to digital life skill sessions, aimed at upskilling global workforces and making Saira’s training more accessible.
Saira Hospitality’s programs have a proven positive impact on team engagement and happiness, as well as significantly reducing staff turnover for hotels. The non-profit organization has been operating since 2015, partnering with the world’s leading hotel brands to support their talent search, whilst redefining how operators can connect and support local communities.
“Hospitality isn’t just about business; it also has a key role to play in education and building local communities,” said Paul Mooney, Chief Customer Officer at Mews. “What’s so exciting about this partnership is that it can make a real difference to individuals while also helping our industry to create a new, enthused talent pool.”
The Mews and Saira Hospitality partnership will last for an initial period of 18 months. To learn more about the collaboration and the direct impacts of Saira Hospitality’s program, watch the Power of People session from Mews Unfold 2023.