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Transformer les pénuries de main-d'œuvre locales en opportunités mondiales

By Joe Baker, dean of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts at Centennial College in Toronto.
As dean of a fairly large hospitality, tourism and culinary arts school in Ontario, I find myself in a position where I can see the solution, but can’t do much about it other than share and hope others can act on my insight.
Thousands of non-resident students come to Canada each year from around the world with hopes of finding career success in hospitality, tourism and culinary arts through programs at Canadian colleges and universities.
Mainly because the Canadian government doesn’t see entry level hospitality and tourism jobs as technical or skilled despite mounting evidence we are in a “skilled” labour shortage.
Landing positions such as cooks or bakers will help these graduates work towards permanent resident status and stay in Canada to build their lives and most significantly for our industry, grow their careers.
They are not considered technical jobs or skilled trades and experience in them will not help graduates with their permanent resident application process.
Therefore, these highly skilled non-resident grads may even be avoiding of these jobs after school, putting even more pressure on these employers to find and retain workers and creating a class of graduates who are looking for work outside their area of expertise.
If you are an industry organization in need of a sustainable source of cooks or bakers, I suggest reaching out to your local college who is producing highly skilled graduates every year and make a commitment.
If you are in an industry such as hospitality, foodservice, hotels, tourism, conventions, attractions or any other sector that the Canadian government doesn’t see an acute need to support workforce development in through immigration, find your voice.
And if all else fails call me, I’ve got a school filled with people who are just looking for a chance to start their careers in one of the most dynamic industries in this country.

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