Connecting Refugees and Tourism Employment: New Advisory Role at WUSC

World University Service of Canada LogoTourism HR Canada was contacted by the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to be a part of its Pathways to Employment for Refugees (PER) project as an advisory committee member. The PER project shares similarities with Tourism HR Canada’s Destination Employment project, which seeks to connect newcomers to Canada and hotel employers. Both projects are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The PER pilot will build on WUSC’s experience with the Student Refugee Program and Camosun College’s experience delivering employment skills training in Kenya and Canada.

Tourism HR Canada sees this partnership as a perfect fit to achieve a common goal of addressing labour shortages in the hospitality industry and helping newcomers to Canada acquire sustainable jobs in hotels upon arrival.

Following this invitation was an advisory committee consultation that was held November 5 to 8, 2019, in Victoria, BC.

The primary objectives of the consultation meeting were as follows:

  • To formally meet with the advisory committee members and provide updates on the project so far
  • To identify and meet with potential employers and stakeholders for the project
  • To formally launch the project and sign a partnership agreement with Camosun College
  • To brainstorm on immediate next steps on the project

Tourism HR Canada is pleased to be a part of this project and lauds the government through IRCC for providing a platform for industry players to work collaboratively towards a common goal.

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