Tourism body launches free tourism skill training programme

 Friday, January 29, 2021 


The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has collaborated with the University of Victoria – Peter B. Gustavson School of Business to provide a Tourism Skills Training (TST) Programme, with support from the Province of British Columbia.

The TST Program, which is being offered free of charge, will provide enrolees with a Domestic Tourism Certification, which will prepare them to work in various hospitality and tourism positions throughout the Thompson-Okanagan, with a focus on serving domestic markets in traditional employment or self-employment.

The full-time program will take place online with participants receiving mentorship, employment coaching, instruction and job placement support via a virtual classroom from Monday to Thursday for a total of 13 weeks.

Students will be expected to cover many topics reflecting the rapidly changing landscape of the tourism industry, and will participate in live online learning sessions, self-led online industry certificates, listen to guest speakers, take virtual tours and be involved in participant teamwork.
Also featured will be an online job fair, where graduates can seek new employment to match their newly acquired skills.

“Developed in response to the decline of international tourism and the increase in domestic tourism in 2021, this free full-time online program will support people whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19, as well as help Thompson Okanagan businesses capitalise on domestic tourism through skills development for the region’s tourism labour force,” reads a statement from TOTA’s website.

“This unique and intensive domestic tourism skills training certificate will prepare, and certify, participants for work in the domestic tourism industry immediately, focusing on Tourism and Hospitality Industry Trends, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Region, Tourism Career and Professional Development, and other required skills to provide exceptional tourism experiences in the Thompson Okanagan region.”

In order to enrol, applicants must be living in the Thompson-Okanagan region, which includes Shuswap, Boundary Country, Similkameen, Gold Country and Nicola Valley.

Eligible applicants must also be at least 15 years of age, currently unemployed or precariously unemployed in casual, seasonal or part-time work, and be legally able to work in Canada.

Permanent full-time employed participants are not eligible for this program.

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