People 1st: UK's 'fantastic' training initiatives go to Panama

By Emma Eversham

- Last updated on GMT

Issa Torres, new skills council manager for People 1st in Panama
Issa Torres, new skills council manager for People 1st in Panama
Sector skills council People 1st is to establish a branch in Panama to help implement some of the UK's 'fantastic initiatives' in hospitality training there. 

The city in Latin America has a growing hospitality and tourism industry with about 12,000 new jobs expected to be created there in the next four years and it is thought that the work People 1st has done to improve service skills in the UK can be replicated there. 

Issa Torres, who has experience working within the tourism sectors in England, France and Costa Rica, has been appointed skills council manager and will be based in Panama City to help establish People 1st Panama.

She said: "I am really keen to help establish work practices and training that will ensure the industry continues to grow. The UK has some fantastic initiatives that can be implemented in Panama and this role will allow me to use my skills to make a change to this growing industry.”

Torres will initially be based in Panama for 12 months and will work with stakeholders from across the Panamanian government and private sector along with the British Embassy, to implement best practice from the UK hospitality industry to improve skills in the Panamanian workforce.

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