by Stella Shepard
Working in tourism means different things to different people. It might mean flexible part-time or seasonal jobs, full-time positions, or rewarding long-term careers.
“There are many employment options to pick from in this industry,” says Alex MacKenzie, HR Coordinator with the Tourism Industry Association of PEI (TIAPEI).
“With such a wide range of occupations and entrepreneurial opportunities to choose from, you can have a rewarding and fulfilling career.”
About 8,000 employees on PEI work directly in the five tourism sectors that include food & beverage, transportation, travel services, recreation & entertainment, and accommodations.
About 17,000 employees work indirectly with the tourism sector, such as in finance and employment assistance.
“Some of the occupations most in demand include housekeepers and light-duty cleaners year-round,” says Alex. “We also experience more seasonal shortages in entry-level cooking positions. TIAPEI offers an entry-level cook training program to address the need for more staff in this area.
“During the off season, cooks are needed to keep the restaurants at full capacity as operators see a lot of traffic over the winter months.
“The tourism industry is probably one of the most customer service-based industries on the Island. Therefore, when hiring, we look for outgoing personalities that enjoy sharing PEI with customers to give them a positive experience.” Tourism and hospitality training is available through a national body called emerit which was developed by Tourism HR Canada. TIAPEI is the distributor of emerit products on PEI.
Training resources from emerit are available for dozens of occupations such as Tour Guide, Front Desk Agent, Supervisor, Taxicab and Limousine Driver, Food & Beverage Server, and many more. TIAPEI has partnered with eForcePEI.ca to provide tourism operators, employees and those interested in the tourism industry with free online training.
eForcePEI.ca is a workforce development initiative aimed at increasing productivity of PEI workers by providing a variety of essential skills training at no cost.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
about training and career opportunities, contact Alex MacKenzie at 902-566-5008 or email email@example.com
For more about entry-level cook training, visit www.tiapei.pe.ca/entry-level-cook-training-program/
For more information about Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island (TIAPEI) visit www.tiapei.pe.ca