New funding from province to assist people looking for jobs in tourism in the Okanagan-Shuswap

Training for jobs in tourism

A new, provincial Community and Employer Partnerships project will help prepare workers for tourism jobs in the Okanagan-Shuswap.

The project is expected to recruit as many as 30 eligible people. Participant recruitment is focused on immigrants.

“Graduates of this skills-training project will be qualified for a variety of jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors,” says Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Nicholas Simons.

“The training participants receive will prepare them for exciting careers and give them an opportunity to contribute to the growth of local businesses in their communities.”

The province is providing more than $450,000 to Okanagan College to deliver two intakes of its hospitality professional program.

Participants will receive 17 weeks of occupational and employability skills training, 10 weeks of on-the-job work experience with local employers, and three weeks of followup support to assist in their job search.

Courses will include computer software, marketing and sales, soft skills, COVID-19 health and safety training, human resources and management, project management and accounting.

Participants will also receive certification courses in FoodSafe, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, and Serving it Right, as well as basic accounting or hospitality service training.

“Introductory skills training, like the hospitality professional program, has the ability to transform lives of new Canadians while also supporting communities in need of trained employees,” says Danelle Greebe, director of continuing studies and corporate training at Okanagan College.

“As B.C.’s tourism industry starts to recover, businesses are working hard to recruit employees. Opportunities like the hospitality professional program are an important part of our work to help businesses and workers get back on their feet,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

The hospitality professional program project is recruiting eligible applicants living in and around Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and Revelstoke.

Full-time online and classroom learning for the first intake will start on Nov. 22, and project activities will run until June 17.

Contact your local WorkBC centre for more information.

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