Newly-formed Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (HIAC) elects Ex­ec­u­tive

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

In its con­tin­u­ing ef­forts to pro­duce an ef­fec­tive work­force ca­pa­ble of meet­ing the chal­lenges that ex­ist in to­day's tourism work place, the Min­istry of Education, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment and Labour, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Saint Lu­cia Coun­cil for Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Education and Train­ing (SLCTVET or TVET for short) re­cently es­tab­lished the Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.

In a boldly pro-ac­tive move the Min­istry reached out to the St Lu­cia Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion for as­sis­tance in rem­e­dy­ing the chal­lenge of stu­dents from lo­cal learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions be­ing ill-equipped for to­day's world of work. The cre­ation of the Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee is the re­sult of this col­lab­o­ra­tion. “The main pur­pose of the com­mit­tee is to ad­dress skills de­vel­op­ment is­sues, with spe­cific em­pha­sis on qual­ity, while en­sur­ing that sup­ply of skills matches de­mand,” ex­plained Ms Es­ther Braith­waite, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry, in her let­ter of in­vi­ta­tion to com­mit­tee mem­bers.

In Novem­ber 2015 Dr. Hass­san Ndahi, Se­nior Pro­gram Spe­cial­ist at the In­ter­na­tional La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ILO) ad­dressed com­mit­tee mem­bers in a half-day work­shop out­lin­ing both the chal­lenges and the mis­sion at hand.

At its first meet­ing of 2016 mem­bers of the Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, se­lected the fol­low­ing per­sons to serve in an ex­ec­u­tive ca­pac­ity:

• Joe Dubois (Group Hu­man Re­source and Train­ing Man­ager, Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts) - Chair­man

• Carl Hunter (Prop­erty Man­ager, Anse Chas­tanet/Jade Moun­tain) - Vice Chair­man

• Sa­man­tha Charles (Tourism Of­fi­cer, Min­istry of Tourism, Her­itage and Cre­ative In­dus­tries) - Sec­re­tary

• Kirk El­liott (Kirk El­liott Pho­tog­ra­phy) - Pub­lic Aware­ness Of­fi­cer

"I am both hum­bled and hon­oured at your con­fi­dence in me as the per­son to steer the chart­ing of this new way for­ward in tourism em­ploy­ment that will em­power a sec­tor of our so­ci­ety that has been marginal­ized for too long,” stated Dubois in ac­cept­ing the po­si­tion as chair­man.

True to his ac­cep­tance speech, im­me­di­ately af­ter the meet­ing Dubois, to­gether with a con­tin­gent of his com­mit­tee mem­bers, headed to Pi­geon Is­land to ob­serve the as­sess­ment phase of the Caribbean Vo­ca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion (CVQ) for Mariners - sec­tions 1-3.

The as­sess­ment was con­ducted by Act­ing In­spec­tor Na­dine Ge­orge and Act­ing Sergeant Wil­bur Eti­enne of the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force Marine Unit in con­junc­tion with Mr. Vaughn Se­rieux, Fish­eries Of­fi­cer at the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food Pro­duc­tion, Fish­eries and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

The ex­cite­ment and sense of ap­pre­ci­a­tion on the faces of the young stu­dents upon learn­ing of Dubois' in­ter­est in their cer­ti­fi­ca­tion was clearly ev­i­dent and a sign that Dubois' Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment ex­per­tise will serve the new Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee and, by ex­ten­sion, Saint Lu­cia very well.

SLHTA’s TVET Team L-R: Joe Dubois, Carl Hunter,

Sa­man­tha Charles and Kirk El­liot.

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