OTEC & ORHMA is expanding and enhancing workforce development efforts in 9 destinations across Ontario.

Job Gym is one of the Initial Project Partners for these pan-provincial workforce development initiatives.

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) will continue its leadership efforts in bringing an innovative sector-based partnership planning and research process to several Ontario tourism regions over the next year. In partnership with the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association (ORHMA) these projects will enable stakeholders including regional tourism organizations, employers, educational institutes, employment service providers and workforce planning boards to develop collaborative strategies at the local level that align training with the skills needed by businesses.

OTEC has received funding to support regional partners in helping connect job seekers at all skill levels, including entry level candidates, to the training they need to access jobs, improve workforce performance, reduce turnover and to enable the tourism and hospitality sector to grow and compete in the new economy.

Launching in 9 destinations including Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the Lake, Thunder Bay, Quinte West, Gananoque/Brockville, Kingston, Windsor, Kitchener Waterloo, Toronto these projects are designed to provide valuable research, leverage innovative new workforce technology, and to integrate locals skills and competency training with employment and training networks. This will help identify entry points and career paths within the sector for candidates irrespective of transferable skills or experience and to evaluate the effectiveness of this model.

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