Published on : Wednesday, November 29, 2017
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Tourism Ministry and the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) to facilitate the training of people involved in the industry.
The training will be conducted at the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI) for three months. 50 students will be taken in the first and provided with AHLEI world-class training and certification.
The MOU was signed on the first day of the three-day UNWTO Global Conference held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on November 27.
Addressing the signing ceremony, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the JCTI, which was officially launched on November 1, will create a “pathway towards professionalism”.
He added, “It will bring people who already have a first degree or other formal qualifications in hospitality and hospitality-related activities into competence. Second, it will bring persons who are already practitioners, but are not certified, into the stream of professional certification.”
Mr. Bartlett said that the AHLEI will enable persons to acquire jobs not just locally but “anywhere else in the world”.