Immersing students in meaningful, hands-on learning opportunities helps to engage a new generation of tourism talent and inspires them to explore career pathways in the sector. A new video from Tourism HR Canada’s Propel Student Work Placement Program showcases how work-integrated learning (WIL) impacted the education and employment journeys of four tourism and hospitality professionals.
Marie-Thérèse Franke, Service Manager at Grub Restaurant, Kevin Barrington, Talent Management & Campus Relations Manager with Accor, Celine Liu, Duty Manager at the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, and Jason Wright, Senior Vice President and Partner of Icon Capital, all share the experiences and connections they made while participating in post-secondary WIL programs–and their career aspirations moving forward.
Funded by the Government of Canada, Propel offers post-secondary students across Canada the opportunity to participate in paid work-integrated learning with tourism and hospitality employers: accommodations, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, travel services, and transportation. Students can explore placements in a variety of areas, from frontline positions to back office roles in marketing, HR, IT, administration, and more. Employers can access wage subsidies for each student placed through the program.