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LaSalle College Offers Programs Addressing Labor Challenges in Tourism

LaSalle College Offers Programs Addressing Labor Challenges in Tourism

With the labor shortage caused by the sudden and intense revival of these sectors in Quebec, LaSalle College brings a true career perspective into its tourism, hotel management, and restaurant management programs through its industry connections.

Students at the International School of Hotel Management and Tourism at LaSalle College are taught by seasoned professionals and prepared for their future careers in the industry.

Key Takeaways:

  • LaSalle College integrated work-study opportunities into its programs in tourism, hotel management, and restaurant management.

  • Students can do internships during their academic years and gain six to eight months of experience in their field through the work-study program.

  • LaSalle College also provides a paid work experience into the student’s curriculum under the supervision of the business and the college.

The college invited important industry leaders to participate in a discussion panel to start a conversation about labor difficulties, get its people active, and strengthen relationships with the job market.

The discussion noted that employees, especially the younger generation, want more autonomy, recognition, and prospects for advancement. Employees seek a better work-life balance, particularly when they are required to work evenings and weekends.

Using employees’ full potential and allowing them to do new tasks, termed “multiskill,” has been highlighted to solve the labor shortage issue.

This concept is, however, very new in the tourism industry, and while it may assist in the resolution of some vacancy concerns, it may also present new challenges.

Despite the presence of ideas, the solution for employers in this area is based first and foremost on creating strong business partnerships with educational institutions, as this is where the workforce will be coming from.

One of the primary solutions, the work-study program, was launched at LaSalle College a few years ago and allowed students to perform internships during their school years and obtain six to eight months of experience in their profession.

LaSalle College students have the opportunity to put into practice the theoretical skills acquired through the courses in a professional environment that will be reflected on their transcripts and diplomas.

Within the Hotel Management Technique program, there is also a work-integrated learning option, which incorporates a paid work experience into the student’s curriculum under the supervision of the business and the college.

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