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Excelsior wins two top training awards in Grand style

The Foundation for Human Resources Development and the UK’s Centre for Labour Market Studies at the University of Leicester have each awarded their top awards to the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta. This is a double achievement for a hotel that, not one year ago, was beginning to find its feet as a major competitor in the Malta 5-star hospitality market.

Malta, 4th December 2008 – Malta’s Human Resources equivalent to the Oscars – the Foundation for Human Resources Development (FHRD) awards ceremony – was held last week at the Hilton Malta where the Excelsior won the two top awards:

1. The Centre for Labour Market Studies (CMLS) Award
2. The Excellence in Training & Development Initiative Award

The astonishing win of this overall CMLS award represents the hard work of the Excelsior’s Human Resources Manager, Shirley Grixti, who had been promoted to that position only one year ago. The fact that she was promoted to her position and won these awards within one year of taking her position as Human Resources Manager is an extraordinary personal and professional achievement, validating the Excelsior’s own recruitment policy for hiring talented individuals from within.

Excelsior was the only hotel to win an award this year. That this 5-star luxury hotel took the top awards against more experienced and established Malta-based companies with recognized training and CPD programmes is all the more noteworthy for its achievements. Deloitte and Adpro-Instruments won one Excellence in People Management (Malta) Award, and Mater Dei Hospital and PriceWaterhouseCoopers won one Excellent in Training & Development Initiative Award.

The HR Awards scheme has twin objectives: to promote human resource management and development to give a professional standing to human resource management on the Maltese islands. These awards formally recognize those organizations that have invested in their people and that have adopted innovative human resources practices, irrespective of their size or the sector that they operate in.

To this end, the Excelsior has created the Grand Academy, a Euro100.000 investment in the career advancement of its staff – a key element in Excelsior’s HR strategy. The Grand Academy is based on an internal, on-line resource learning capability that has been made available for all Excelsior staff. The Grand Academy is designed to help them acquire new skill sets while building Excelsior’s luxury 5-star quality standards. SkillSoft, the software company that supplied this training program, has developed an industry-accredited program recognized by the hospitality industry.

For additional information, contact our Human Resources Department, Grand Hotel Excelsior, Great Seige Road, Floriana. Telephone: 2125 0520 or email

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