About J$50 Million has been budgeted for the Tourism Summer Internship (TSIP)/ Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme that started on Monday, July 9
Implemented by the Tourism Product Development Company and funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund; the all-island six-week summer programme provides professional experience for high school and tertiary students between 16 and 25 years old. Some 1,800 students are expected to participate in the programme through which they will gain work experience in tourism and its related sub sectors. Over 200 businesses will be housing the students.
The students participate in a mandatory one-day orientation session where they are sensitized on topics such as tourism awareness, customer service, cultural and security awareness, marketing of brand Jamaica and professional etiquette.
Speaking at the TSIP/HOPE rally held Thursday July 12, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett underscored the value of tourism and the importance of exposing a younger target audience to the benefits of tourist.
The TSIP programme commenced on Monday July 9, 2018 and will end August 17, 2018. In addition to the wealth of knowledge and experience they will gain, the students will also receive a stipend based on their level of education.
By Franklin McKnight