8000 tourism workers to learn in 5 years

8000 tourism workers to learn in 5 years

ST JAMES, Jamaica — The Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), working out arm of the Ministry of Tourism, is on target to training 8000 tourism workers on the next five years.

Minister Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure yesterday at the JCTI’s graduation ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, where a lot more than 300 individuals received certification in tourism related field, representing the next batch of graduates.

“Human capital development is strategic to your tourism growth agenda so in retrospect the JCTI is geared to train some 8,000 tourism workers in five years. This graduation puts us one step nearer to achieving that target.0

“Our workers have too much to do in determining the rate of which we grow giving the very best service there’s always since it through their skillsets, innovation and professionalism we are in a position to attract more visitors and increase earnings,” Bartlett was quoted as saying in a release from the ministry.


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Of the over 3 hundred graduates, you can find 14 certified hospitality educators; 9 certified hospitality instructors; 17 culinary tutors; 12 culinarians and pastry chefs; 20 bartender trainers and over 200 bartenders.

The JCTI was established to facilitate the development of professionals in the sector who themselves will set high standards as leaders and collectively improve the industry to the best level that today’s discerning traveller demands. April this year in, there have been 150 graduates who gained AHLEI and NVQJ Certification over, the ministry said.

As area of the JCTI’s efforts to increase training and certification to a younger cohort, the Hospitality and Tourism Management Programme (HTMP) was recently launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Information and youth. HTMP may be the to begin its kind certification programme for high schools produced by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and can allow students to get entry-level qualification in tourism along with Associate Degrees in CUSTOMER SUPPORT and recognition by the neighborhood CUSTOMER SUPPORT Association.