Mass registration for online training of tourism workers - Bartlett
Over 6,500 persons have registered to participate in the free online training programme for tourism workers which was launched on Wednesday.
Under the programme, tourism workers are being offered 10 free online courses to hone their skills and improve their qualifications.
“The responses for this free online training for our tourism workers have been overwhelming and show that our workers see the value in getting certified. I am pleased that our workers are taking the initiative to access these courses which will provide them with stackable credentials,” said Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett.
“We are aware of the high traffic the website experienced due to the high interest of our workers to register, and will be looking at how we can expand the programme.
The official start of the online programmes is Monday, April 27, and registration closed on Sunday, April 26 at 2pm.
The initiative, which is being driven by the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI), a division of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), is geared towards assisting tourism workers who were laid off as a result of the closure of hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The courses offered are: laundry attendant, guest room attendant, ServSafe training in food safety, certified hospitality supervisor, introduction to Spanish, public area sanitation, hospitality team leader, certified banquet server, certified restaurant server, and DJ certification. These are certification programmes for which only candidates with actual work experience are eligible.
The programme is being administered in collaboration with some major partners.
HEART Trust/National Service Training (HEART/NSTA) is to offer courses free to candidates and pay all the tutors.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA), owners of the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), is to offer their signature ServSafe certification, and the Universal Service Fund (USF) is on board to support individuals who need access to the Internet.
All the courses will include certification examinations, and successful candidates will receive certificates from certifying institutions, including the National Restaurant Association, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and HEART Trust/NSTA.