by Morinville News Staff

The province has collaborated with Olds College and the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) to develop an online tourism and hospitality training program available this fall.

AHLA and the government have invested $500,000 each in the development of training videos the province says will help front-line tourism workers further their education while working. These videos will be accessible online by smartphone or tablet.

“Our future prosperity depends on creating jobs and diversifying the economy,” said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta’s new Minister of Culture and Tourism. “Supporting mobile training is an important investment in new technology that will enhance student learning and ongoing professional development for our tourism workforce.”

The first training modules will be available in the fall of 2016 and trainees have the opportunity to use the new mobile tools as part of Olds’ three hospitality-related programs: Accommodation Guest Services Certificate; Accommodation Management Certificate; and Tourism Business and Services Management.

Additionally, the videos will be available as individual training modules for use by AHLA members across the province.

Dave Kaiser, President and CEO, Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association, sees the new mobile training as beneficial to an industry that is anticipated to generate more than $10 billion annually by 2020.

“This program will bring hospitality education to those who are new to the industry and to those who are already working in it,” he said. “It will develop their skills, help them build satisfying careers, and create prosperity that will benefit all Albertans.”

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