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Educational Institute Training Content
Now Available on iPod®
ORLANDO, Fla., May 2007—Employees watching iPods® on the job? That’s not necessarily a problem, as long as the iPod® is loaded with hospitality training content from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI). Through a new collaboration with p.o.d. TrainingTM (Portable On-Demand Training), hospitality employers can now purchase a unique new training system designed to capture the attention of a new generation of workers. 

 The Portable Hotel Trainer, available in both Full Service and Limited Service versions, features content from EI’s training videos, broken down into short segments ideal for pre-shift sessions, reinforcement, and ongoing training.  The portable media player allows training to be brought into the work area, where employees can watch a clip on the iPod®, then immediately practice the skill.  The “play list” feature enables trainers and trainees to target the exact training content needed, instead of watching through an entire video to find one piece of information. 

“Portable devices allow businesses to train what is needed, where it is needed, when it is needed,” said T.J. Schier, president and founder of Texas-based p.o.d. TrainingTM.  ”Training time is dramatically shortened by bringing the training right into the work area. Watching short video clips followed by immediate skill practice balances high tech and high touch and gets the employee up to speed more quickly and allows for daily reinforcement in the workstation to keep training top of mind.”

The Portable Hotel Trainer package includes a 30GB iPod®, a protective case on a lanyard, a TV cable to play clips on a TV or LCD projector, a power adaptor, and 10 earbuds.

The Full-Service version features content from these EI videos: 

  • Full Service Operations: At Your Service
  • World Trainer: Full Service Guestroom & Bathroom Cleaning
  • Quality Guestroom Maintenance
  • Restaurant Server
  • Spotlight on Security for Lodging
  • Delivering Quality Guest Service 
The Limited-Service version features the following EI videos: 
  • Economy Operations: At Your Service Plus
  • World Trainer: Guestroom & Bathroom Cleaning Economy Lodging Version
  • Quality Guestroom Maintenance
  • Spotlight on Security for Lodging
  • Delivering Quality Guest Service
Prices are $939.00 for the Full-Service package and $899.00 for the Limited Service package. 

To order, 
visit or
or call 888-6PODTRAIN (888-676-3872).

Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to support AH&LA by becoming the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries both domestically and internationally by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals.

p.o.d.Training creates custom training materials in a variety of formats, delivered on portable devices, inclusive of testing and tracking, to maximize the effectiveness of training your workforce. For information, visit

iPod® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.




Elizabeth Johnson 
Marketing Manager, Academic and Specialized Markets


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