Over 600 students benefit from TPDCo’s summer internship programme
Over 600 students benefited from the recently concluded Tourism Product Development Company’s (TPDCO) Spruce Up Jamaica Tourism Summer Internship Programme (TSIP).
Under the programme high school and tertiary students between the ages 16 and 25 received work experience in areas of Tourism and Hospitality over the summer months of July and August.
The programme’s objectives, which included exposing young academics to the tourism industry as well as the provision of an economic opportunity and mutual value, were met.
Prior to their placements, the participants received one-day training session in areas of Tourism Awareness, Cultural and Security Awareness, Marketing of Brand Jamaica, Customer Service and Professional Etiquette.
The programme integrated students in sectors of the tourism industry, tourism organizations, as well as establishments with linkages in the tourism sector. The students were dispersed in entities across the island, particularly the resort areas of the Negril, Port Antonio, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Kingston, and the South Coast.
The participants commended the high level of engagement by staff of the various organizations, as some were given the opportunity to visit many of Jamaica’s heritage sites and received lessons on Jamaica’s history and culture.
Heritage Studies graduate student at the University of the West Indies, Mona Adrian Reid, stated that “the experience was enlightening. I visited many of Jamaica’s hidden gems and learnt about our rich history and culture. The staff was warm, welcoming and the stay worthwhile.”
Sixth form student at St. Georges College, Nicolas Sylvester described his experience as memorable. “I explored Jamaica, formed many friendships and improved my interpersonal skills,” he said.
The TSIP completed its tenth year and a total of twenty-five million dollars was allocated by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) for its implementation.