- Approximately 800 secondary and tertiary level students will be participating in the TPDCo Tourism Summer Intern Programme (TSIP).
- The programme is geared at introducing them to various careers in the field of hospitality and tourism.
- The programme will see youngsters between 16 and 25 years of age being trained and placed in entities across the island, particularly in the resort areas.
Approximately 800 secondary and tertiary level students will be participating in the Tourism Product Development Company’s (TPDCo) Tourism Summer Intern Programme (TSIP), geared at introducing them to various careers in the field of hospitality and tourism.
The programme, which will be held over a two-month period (July and August), will see youngsters between 16 and 25 years of age being trained and placed in entities across the island, particularly in the resort areas of Negril, Montego Bay, Falmouth, Port Antonio, as well as in Kingston, Mandeville and on the South Coast.
Highlighting the initiative to JIS News, Community Awareness Co-ordinator at TPDCo, Marline Stephenson Dalley, noted that before placement, the interns will participate in a one-day training exercise to become fully sensitised about the business of tourism. The training covers areas, such as customer service; tourism, environmental, security and cultural awareness; and marketing of brand Jamaica.
“It is about giving them a taste of what is expected on the job in terms of professional etiquette and social graces and just the basics that you need to understand if you are going to be in the world of work,” she highlighted.
The interns will be placed for three weeks in 180 tourism entities, including accommodation, transportation, attractions, water sports and the travel trade.
“A programme of this nature is intended to expose young academics to the vision of tourism and the role it plays in society; build on public/private sector partnerships and provide an economic opportunity for students,” Mrs. Stephenson Dalley pointed out.
“We also want to enhance their awareness of some of the issues that are part of the industry and foster some sort of stewardship, while we emphasize the importance of excellent service,” she added.
The programme, now in its seventh year, is funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), which has allocated over $20 million for this year’s implementation.