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» A new technology-focused approach to assist youth in securing employment
OTEC launches the pan-provincial ALiGN Network to address youth underemployment and labour shortages:
In response to the critical labour shortages facing many of Ontario’s key sectors, OTEC has announced an innovative youth-targeted employment model called the ALiGN Network. Currently being launched across Ontario the initiative has brought together industry partners from across the province to develop a psychometric-based talent-to-role fit assessment and job-matching model designed initially for the hospitality and tourism industry.
OTEC has partnered with Ryerson University’s Magnet platform to bring this first-of-its-kind youth employment model online, making ALiGN accessible to businesses and job seekers anywhere in Ontario. Through the ALiGN Network, youth will be matched to live job postings based on their own unique personality attributes and interests. Work-ready job seekers will be fast-tracked into employment. Candidates with skills or qualifications gaps based on the assessment process will receive industry-designed training and certification, either through a network of regional training partners, or, through an online suite of industry training programs that can be accessed remotely.
“The fact that our youth unemployment rate is over 14 per cent in this province while employers are struggling to fill entry-level positions demands that we start looking at things differently” says Adam Morrison, V.P. Projects and Partnerships, OTEC. “Businesses have been telling us for years that, if candidates are the right fit, they will hire them and train them for advancement. We now have a system that matches youth to real opportunities based on their unique attributes, attitudes and goals.”
Working directly with industry in the development of the ALiGN Network in collaboration with partners like the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) will be key to its success. Since the assessment methodology is based on a behavioural and attitudinal benchmark established by industry, it will enable ALiGN’s employment and training partners to refer candidates to participating employers with confidence in the job seeker’s suitability for the position. It will also open up a new pool of potential candidates for employers - youth who might not have experience in the role, but are a natural fit for the work and the industry culture.
“We are dedicated to the development and growth of the hospitality industry” says Tony Elenis, President & CEO, ORHMA. “By working with key industry stakeholders and partners, we will address the issues of youth underemployment and labour shortages in the hospitality industry.”
In 2017, the ALiGN skills training program network will be offered in five regions across Ontario: Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara, Thunder Bay and Algoma. Training Delivery partners include Humber College – Community Employment Services, Niagara College, Métis Nation of Ontario, HT Hospitality Training Inc. and Sagamok Anishnawbek. Key industry partners include Magnet/Ryerson University, ORHMA, Mobilize Jobs, and a roster of prominent, independent and global brands. Employers in their respective region will connect with a local training hub, or, directly with OTEC, to identify and recruit ALiGN graduates.
Funded in part by the Government of Ontario, with support from the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, the ALiGN project will represent a significant investment in hospitality training programming for the initial five regions, while also seeking to address the overall labour shortage Ontario is facing for front line hospitality roles.
» Save the Date! ORHMA’s 14th Annual Provincial Golf Tournament
That time of year is approaching once again when ORHMA brings the hospitality industry together. Mark your calendars! The 2017 ORHMA Annual Provincial Golf Tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre. For registration details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
» Toronto restaurant Alo nabs top spot on 100 Best restaurants list
The 416 has overtaken the 514 for the first time at the top of Canada’s 100 Best, the third annual list of the country’s finest dining establishments as chosen by a panel of 82 industry experts. Toronto’s Alo, which chef Patrick Kriss opened in 2015, unseated Montreal’s two-time champ Toqué. To read more, click here.
» Taking a new position as GM? Here are some tips….
Stephen W. Ayers- STAY Ahead Hospitality
Starting a new position as General Manager is a daunting task but one that can determine the future relationships with both your management team and the staff working so hard on the front lines and in the back of house. However, this does depend a great deal on how you act and behave during your initial period as GM. To read the full article, click here.
» The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) Announces the 2017 Board of Directors
The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), the national association representing the 8,178 hotels, motels and resorts that encompass the $18.4 billion Canadian lodging industry, today announced its 2017 Board of Directors.
As incoming Chair, Vito Curalli, CHA, MBA, Executive Director Canada, Latin America & International Sales for Hilton Worldwide has commenced his two year term effective as of the Association's Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on Wednesday February 15, 2017. Read more to view the full list of 2017 HAC Board of Directors.
In his role as Executive Director of Sales for Canada, Latin America and the International Sales offices in the Americas, Vito oversees several teams with responsibilities for over $350 Million in revenue to the organization. Prior to joining Hilton Worldwide, Vito was the Vice President of Development for AFM Hospitality based in Toronto, overseeing a team of franchise development managers throughout Canada.
Ten board members will serve as corporate representatives of the HAC Board of Directors. They include:
- Robert Pratt - President, ONE Hospitality Group
- Irwin M. Prince - President & COO, Realstar Hospitality
- Satinder Dhillon - Senior Vice President, Operations, Westmont Hospitality Group
- Marc Staniloff - President & CEO, Superior Lodging Corp.
- Brian Leon - Managing Director, Franchise Performance, Choice Hotels Canada Inc.
- Tyler MacDonald - Director, Hotels, Oxford Properties Group
- Jonathan Lund - Regional Vice President, IHG
- Martin Stitt - Area Vice President, Western Canada, Marriott Hotels of Canada
- Neil Hornsby - Director, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
- Philippe Gadbois - Senior Vice President, Operations, Atlific Hotels
They are joined at the HAC board table by ten Provincial Hotel Association representatives including:
- James Chase - CEO, British Columbia Hotel Association
- David Kaiser - President & CEO, Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association
- Scott Jocelyn - President & CEO, Manitoba Hotel Association
- Jim Bence - President & CEO, Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association
- Tony Elenis - President & CEO, Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association
- Xavier Gret - General Manager, Association des Hoteliers du Quebec
- Christine Neate - Representative, New Brunswick Tourism Association
- Jeff Ransome - President, Hotel Association of Nova Scotia
- Larry Laite - President, Hotel & Motel Association of Newfoundland & Labrador
- Craig Jones - President, Hotel Association of Prince Edward Island
"I am thrilled to welcome these top industry leaders to the HAC Board of Directors," said Susie Grynol, President, HAC. "The election of these outstanding individuals validates our mission to tackle the important issues facing the industry."
The HAC board meets four times yearly to discuss a broad range of industry and association-related issues. The 2017 Board of Directors was appointed by the HAC Nominating Committee in accordance with HAC Bylaws.