Hospitality Service Entrepreneurship Programme Launched
The launch of the Hospitality Service Entrepreneurship Programme, took place at the Portsmouth Credit Union Hall, on Friday October 4th and was implemented by the Employment and Small Business Agency within the Ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs,.
According to the President, the Dominica State College, established in 2002, was sought to be a national college, one that would train and teach not only lawyers and professionals of high regard but also bartenders, mechanics, agriculturalists and hospitality majors.
Speaking at the ceremony, Honourable Dr. John Collin Mcyntre, Minister for Employment, Trade Industry and Diaspora Affairs, says Dominica’s tourism product is an integral element in economic growth and development and contributed approximately 8% to the Gross Domestic Product last year.
Diversification of the economic activity into tourism has proven to be an important source of foreign exchange earnings and job creation.
The Minister also highlighted tourism properties in the North, including the Rejens Hotel, the Picard Beach Cottage and the Secret Bay Hotel, which has received significant international recognition.
According to Dr. Mcyntre, there is a need for an appropriately trained labour force for the successful growth and development of the tourism product as business owners in the industry are concerned about the lack of trained staff, to provide the quality services required.
The programme will target 90 plus unemployed individuals, who reside in the North of the Island and will offer four entrepreneurship programmes including bar tending, front desk operations, serving staff and housekeeping. All trainees will also be enrolled in customer service training.
98 persons registered for the programme, which began today, Monday October 7th.