Work Integrated Learning
A long-term indicator of the supply of workers to the tourism sector is the number of students enrolling in, and graduating from tourism and hospitality related programs. From 2010 to 2018, on average 217 students graduated from college or university level hospitality administration/management programs in Alberta each year. On average, almost 400 students graduated from culinary arts programs in Alberta.
In Budget 2022, the Alberta government announced close to $700 million in targeted funding to post-secondary institutions to expand seats in areas where the province is seeing massive labour shortages. This funding also includes extra dollars to expand work integrated learning opportunities for students in any program.
Work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities helps students get the job ready skills they need to be successful in the labour market, while providing employers with access to local talent. While our industry has predominantly relied on foreign workers, immigration is a short term solution to a long term problem. Engaging local talent with meaningful work opportunities provides a more stable pipeline of talent for our members.
Following our 3-year labour strategy the AHLA will:
- Identify and connect with post-secondary institutions who offer hospitality management programs to discuss work integrated learning opportunities with our members. SAIT announced a partnership with 8 Calgary hotels in early 2022.
- Connect with the Minister of Advanced Education, their staff and department leads to ensure they understand the labour needs of the accommodation industry.
- Support the hotel sector in bridging the employment gap through program support and funding for training and skills development.