Tourism workers who are unemployed or who are barely hanging on to their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have a chance to develop their professional skills this spring.
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has received funding to deliver a free, 13-week, domestic tourism skills training program. The Canadian Tourism Professional Program will help entry-level seasonal, casual or part-time employees who are interested in growing into full-time tourism employment.
The online course starts on Feb. 8 and will be delivered by industry facilitators, tourism professionals and guest speakers. Participants will learn about tourism and hospitality trends, regional experiences and the delivery of day-to-day guest service, including an overview of Indigenous tourism, accessible tourism and sustainable tourism.
Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday until May 5. The course is open to anyone age 15 and over, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, Feb. 3.
More information can be found here.