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Hospitality training in the Thompson Okanagan to bolster tourism sector

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September 12, 2020 - 1:19 PM

Up to 40 eligible British Columbians will be able to tap into an online training program at Okanagan College to gain work experience to prepare them for jobs in the hospitality industry, due to more than $611,000  from the provincial government.

"The tourism sector is resilient. We're seeing evidence of that in the Okanagan and Shuswap as businesses begin to reopen,"  Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction said in a press release.

"This specialized training and practical experience will ensure that museums, resorts, restaurants and hotels in the Thompson Okanagan will have employees who are well prepared and ready to go to work in the hospitality industry."

The Hospitality Professional Program Project-Based Labour Market Training project is recruiting eligible applicants living in and around Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Penticton, Revelstoke, Sicamous and Vernon. Anyone interested in applying to the program or finding out about eligibility requirements can contact their local WorkBC centre.

"There's been a great deal of interest and support from local stakeholders in this project,"  Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture said in a press release. "Businesses are reopening and they're looking for fully-trained employees who have a variety of skills. This training is a boost to the tourism industry and will provide much-needed jobs to people in the region."

Theory and virtual classroom training provided by Okanagan College will include computer software, marketing and sales, soft skills, industry certifications, human resources and management, project management and accounting, as well as 10 weeks of work experience. Through this enhanced industry skills training, participants will be prepared to work in a variety of positions in the tourism sector, enabling them to grow their careers in the industry while supporting a more skilled and resilient tourism workforce.

Over two intakes, there are spaces for 40 participants in the 46-week project, which will run through till July 2021.

Priority for the program will be given to persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, immigrants, victims of violence, multi-barriered persons and youth.


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