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Browns Hotels & Resorts launches ‘Futurekey’

18 Apr 2022

Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Mr. Eksath Wijeratne, Group General Manager, Browns Hotels & Resorts and Mr. Tharanga Gamlath, Chairman, National Apprenticeship and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA), forming a partnership to upskill and reskill youth. Browns Hotels & Resorts takes pride in being the first hotel chain to establish a training programme where participants are provided with an internationally recognized qualification in addition to being remunerated well above industry standards, allowing them to prosper within the hospitality sphere. FutureKey consists of a management trainee programme catering to graduates and an apprenticeship catering to school leavers.

FutureKey Management Trainee programme is a 2-year program designed to give trainees exposure across Front Office, Housekeeping, Food & Beverage, Culinary, Human Resources, Finance, Sales & Marketing functions through the various Browns Hotels & Resorts spread around the island. Upon completion, graduates will be eligible for a management position within the organization in addition to a NAITA internationally accredited NVQ Level 6 qualification.

FutureKey Apprentice programme is a 1 to 2-year programme where candidates can opt to specialize in either Front Office, Housekeeping, Food & Beverages, Culinary or Maintenance departments, and will be facilitated at three main locations; Club Hotel Dolphin in Waikkal, Avani Bentota Resort and The Calm Resort & Spa in Pasikuda. Upon completion, participants will receive a NAITA internationally accredited NVQ Level 3 – 4 qualifications, opening many doors within the hospitality sphere, both locally as well as internationally.

Browns Hotels & Resorts fundamentally focuses on two main pillars, Soft Skills and Leadership skills development for the above programmes. Eksath Wijeratne, commented that the group is “Proud to be part of this initiative. Giving an internationally recognized certificate will enhance the participants career development prospects within the hospitality industry both here in Sri Lanka and overseas, inevitably bringing in more foreign exchange to the country.”

LOLC Group’s investments in the leisure sector are clustered under Browns Investments, which maintains controlling interest in a number of properties in iconic locations in the country. The portfolio currently consists of Avani Bentota Resort, Club Hotel Dolphin, Dickwella Resort & Spa, Hotel Sigiriya, The Calm Resort & Spa, 05 boutique properties under Reveal, Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort, Occidental Paradise Dambulla and Occidental Eden Beruwala. A further 2 projects; including a 5-star resort in Beruwala, and Port City Mega Leisure development comprising of a 5-star city hotel are scheduled to be unveiled in the near future. A series of offshore investments in the Maldives including 4 resorts and 1 city hotel/condominium, and a 5-star resort in Mauritius too has been added to the development pipeline.

Browns Hotels & Resorts unwavering efforts in uplifting tourism even during the toughest of times, makes it one of the most sought-after hospitality brands in the region, and is a testament to the optimistic outlook the Company has on post-pandemic travel, as they prepare to welcome travellers from around the globe.


Signing of MOU by Mr. Eksath Wijeratne, Group General Manager, Browns Hotels & Resorts and Mr. Tharanga Gamlath, Chairman, National Apprenticeship and Industrial Training Authority


Browns Hotels & Resorts
No 338, T B Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10