Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says discussions are under way with the University of the West Indies to have the operations of the Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management (CHTM) in The Bahamas relocated to Jamaica.
Addressing the virtual graduation ceremony for participants in the online training programme for tourism workers on August 12, the Minister said this means that tourism and hospitality courses that were usually done at the CHTM would be delivered now through the University of the West Indies at Mona and the Western Jamaica campuses.
“Tourism workers and persons interested in tourism and hospitality will now have a wider array of courses to choose from and gain certification. The sector will undoubtedly benefit from this great partnership, as more people will become certified. I am sure that even some of you who have completed the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI) training will benefit,” he said.
Turning to the graduates, the Minister said he expects great things from them and he is looking forward to see how they apply the new skills at work.
“I am urging you to resolve to be the best you can and do the best you can do at all times, no matter where you find yourself or what level you are in your organisation. The tourism industry continues to change globally, with technology, knowledge and innovation driving the change,” he noted.
The Ministry of Tourism provided 12 free online courses for tourism workers as part of the Government’s thrust to ensure the continued development of employees in the sector.
The courses were offered by the JCTI, as part of the Government’s thrust to provide tourism workers with an opportunity to upskill themselves and become more agile and adaptable post COVID-19.
Areas of training are laundry attendant, gift room attendant, kitchen steward/porter, public area sanitation, hospitality team leader, certified banquet server, certified restaurant server, Servsafe training in food safety, certified hospitality supervisor, tourism and law, introduction to Spanish, and disc jock (DJ) certification.
A total of 5,000 tourism workers completed the training in a number of key skill areas.
The free online training initiative was launched on April 22 as part of the Government’s thrust to ensure the continued development of employees in the sector who were laid off as a result of the closure of hotels during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.