MNO Ready-to-Work Program Students Graduate
On December 3, 2010, students from Sault Ste. Marie in the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Ready-to-Work (RTW) program were in the mood to celebrate as were students in Ottawa and Midland in the same program on December 17. On each of these days, the students held graduation parties to recognize their achievements in completing the program.
The Ready-to-Work program is a partnership between the MNO and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC). Its purpose is to provide tourism and hospitality training for Aboriginal people. Graduates receive essential skills development through emerit Tourism Essentials (TOE), Service Excellence and Canadian Workplace Essentials (CWE) training to help them successfully transition into the tourism and hospitality workforce. Participants also received the core industry certifications needed to get a job in tourism and begin working toward their emerit National Tourism Certified Professional (TCP) designation in any of 21 recognized tourism occupations.
“Ready-to-Work really built up my confidence,” explained RTW graduate Sarah Hamill, “I feel very prepared and excited to launch my new career.” At least 28 individuals graduated from the RTW program this December. These most recent graduates are part of over 60 people who have successfully completed the program, most of who are already employed in the tourism and hospitality industry.
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