Tourism as an entry-level employer

2015-11-11 06:00

OUR industry is recognised as one of the sectors that can fast-track people into trained for, and employed positions, which in these stressed times is noteworthy especially when many of our youth are desperate for jobs and a reasonable remuneration.

Many of our young people, who study at non-university tertiary institutions, are on completion of their studies ideally positioned to be absorbed into the main stream tourism economy however, there is a trend that seems to be a buffer to this.

A number of our professionally qualified university graduates cannot find careers in their chosen field and as a result many filtrate the selling of their abilities down into some levels of tourism and hospitality that could well be taken up by non-university qualified people.

The net result is that many over qualified people are taking up positions (usually until they get jobs in accordance with their qualification) and adequately qualified people for entry level tourism jobs have additional competition for vacancies.

For employers having a graduate employee maybe a bit of a bonus however, on one hand it is possible that the graduate sees the job as an interim opportunity, whereas those who have chosen to go specifically into tourism and hospitality have a longer-term desire to stay and grow in the sector.

We at Ugu South Coast Tourism have an annual strategy whereby individuals with specific tourism, leisure and hospitality skills provide us with their Curriculum Vitae which we then offer to our tourism industry should vacancies arise.

I am also of the opinion that there are a number of tourism-aligned businesses that may wish to source suitably skilled people who have qualified from one or other of our local institutions. Our bank of CVs is available should the public wish to select possible candidates for employment.

If we can train and employ local, our tourism industry will be doing a great deal to alleviate the frustration that our young people endure on a daily basis- the recent sagas at some of our universities is testimony of that.

With the busy festive season looming, it would be great if enterprises could take on extra staff from our local surrounds. Even on a temporary basis work experience counts for anybody seeking permanent positions in the future.

We have over a dozen interns working for us and when their term concludes I am sure they will have a better chance of employment than those who have no experience at all.

Any takers out there?

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