Fully Funded Hospitality Professional Program to Support Skilled Labour Shortage in Thompson Okanagan Region

Sep 22, 2022

Fully Funded Hospitality Professional Program to Support Skilled Labour Shortage in Thompson Okanagan Region
Kelowna, BC (September 22, 2022) - The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has partnered with Okanagan College to address the major industry disruption caused by COVID-19 and the ongoing skilled labour shortage by offering training initiatives to support tourism businesses in the industry.

Through federal funding, the Hospitality Professional Program provides a fully funded and comprehensive package of training. This training will prepare participants for a variety of positions, including supervisory positions, within the hospitality sector in the Thompson Okanagan region in the interior of British Columbia. The funding will allow for delivery of 4 cohorts over the next 3 years in the Thompson Okanagan region.

The program is meant for individuals who are:

Entering the hospitality sector, bringing skills from past experience in other sectors or industries.
Current hospitality professionals looking to build on a hospitality management career by further developing skills, knowledge, and connections.

This fully funded, full-time online program will provide participants with instruction, certificates, mentorship, employment coaching, work experience, and job placement support delivered over 28 weeks. The program combines practical skills with specialized knowledge and connects students to industry employers in the Thompson Okanagan hospitality sector during the 9-week work placement component.

The 17-week certificate program will be delivered in a live, online format from October 24, 2022 to May 5, 2023. The registration deadline is October 2, 2022.

Interested individuals can learn more and apply TOTABC.org/Hospitality-Professional

For more information, contact:
Barbara Bonnough
TOTA Training Centre Manager
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
[email protected] | (778) 752-5877

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About the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA):
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is a non-profit society, governed by an elected Board of Directors, which represents business and community tourism interests throughout the region, and is supported by Destination BC and the British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, & Sport. It is an industry-led organization that represents and supports all business and community tourism interests in the region, while also helping to implement provincial tourism policies.

For more information, visit TOTABC.org.

About Okanagan College:

Okanagan College is committed to empowering individuals and communities in the region to make positive change through exceptional learning experiences, applied research, and innovation. Students and their communities are at the centre of everything that they do.

Okanagan College has been embedded in the social, cultural, and economic fabric of the region since 1963. It has grown and developed with the region and, in turn, has impacted the growth and development of the region in meaningful ways. Looking forward, Okanagan College will design intentional change to meet the learning needs of urban, rural, and remote students throughout the region as well as nationally and internationally.

For more information, visit Okanagan.bc.ca

Company Contact Information:

Logo Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
Company: Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
Contact Name: Barbara Bonnough
Contact Phone: 7787525877
Contact Email: [email protected]
Company Website: https://www.totabc.org/training-program/2022/hospitality-professional

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