8,000 tourism workers to be certified by 2022

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett

Some 8,000 tourism workers who do not have formal training are being targeted by the government for certification over the next two years.

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure at a sensitisation session on the tourism workers’ pension scheme at the Hotel Tim Bamboo in Port Antonio on Thursday (Feb 27).

He said that the certifying initiative will involve partners such as the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).

He said it will be primarily targeted at persons “who have no certification but are performing well at their jobs in hotels and other places in the tourism sector”.

“We have to build the capacity of our workers to meet demand. This is why, in the last three and a half years, the Government has introduced the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation, which is a pathway training facility that certifies workers on the job,” he noted. “We’ve done 1,300 workers already and we plan to do 8,000 of you by 2022.”

Bartlett said that the Ministry is also certifying students in high school.