The Ready-to-Work Program: Opening Doors to the Tourism Industry (2005)

The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council’s (CTHRC’s) Ready-to-Work (RTW) program combines pre-employment entry-level skills training and career planning with workplace experience and on-the-job training.

The program began in 1994 under the name Tourism Careers for Youth, and was initially designed to offer a transition from school to work for young people between the ages of 18 and 29. Today, with the age cap removed, the national skills development program focuses primarily on non-traditional labour pools and underrepresented groups, including Aboriginal people.

By offering a blend of classroom and hands-on training, the RTW program has succeeded on a number of fronts. It has provided skills and work experience to unemployed or underemployed individuals, including Aboriginal persons, recent immigrants, social-assistance recipients, and those without postsecondary educational qualifications.

It has also helped businesses in the tourism sector with the recruitment of job-ready entry-level employees.

Since 1993, the CTHRC has helped promote professionalism within the industry and address labour market issues. In collaboration with provincial and territorial Tourism Educational Councils, the CTHRC has successfully implemented a range of tourism-related programs and services, including labour market information, training tools, occupational standards and certification, and career awareness initiatives.

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