Wed | Nov 22, 2017

Applications close tomorrow for tourism innovation training programmes

Published:Tuesday | October 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Tourism Product Development Company Limited (TPDCo), the agency with responsibility for the development of the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI), says the deadline for submission of applications is tomorrow.

The programmes are open to tertiary-level graduates with degrees or NVQJ Level IV or V certification in hospitality/hospitality management or culinary arts.

The JCTI was created to increase access to graduates in hospitality, tourism and culinary arts, to supervisory and management jobs in tourism. The programme, which includes a partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and the American Culinary Federation (ACF), is envisioned to aid in the diversification of the tourism product and is in keeping with the industry's five pillars of growth: new markets, new investments, new products, new partnerships, and human capital development.

 

Developing resources

 

The development of human resource, through training and access to opportunities, is the key driver of this growth strategy. The JCTI training programme will include hands-on, work and industry experience, curriculum guides and materials, and facilitate dialogues between hotels and students. The programme, which will operate on a full time basis, will also prepare participants with the skills necessary to function in roles such as hospitality supervisor, culinarian, and certified sous chef, among others and will come at no cost to successful applicants.

Applicants must be under 30 years old and reside in Kingston, Ocho Rios or Montego Bay. A proof of address is required upon submission of applications.

Applications may be sent by Wednesday October 25, 2017 to: certificationprogramme-jcti@tpdco.org.