Educator Page

Welcome, educators! On this page, you will find useful tools for your classroom. From hands-on projects supporting the new K-12 curriculum, to helpful information for your post-secondary classes, we have resources available for you to use.

If you have any questions or need further information – please contact Marie-Ève Masse, Tourism Career Ambassador.

Maker Way Projects – ITA’s Youth Discover the Maker Way

“Design thinking” is applicable to more than using everyday tools and traditional building materials! Check out our projects created for elementary school classrooms, pairing culinary with design thinking. Not only do these project templates meet the requirements for the ITA’s Youth Discover the Maker Way grant, but they are also connected to the Ministry of Education’s new ADST curriculum. Feel free to adapt the project to fit your classroom’s needs – enjoy!

A heart heartfelt thank you to our contributors for these projects:

Cook, Baker and Common Core Module – ITA’s Youth Explore the Skills

Your students can experience firsthand what being a cook or baker is all about! Have you utilized the cook and baker of ITA’s Youth Explore Trade Skills in your classroom yet? The common core ties in all the trades together and has some great SuperHost™ sample resources to outline the importance of customer service skills for all trades.

Through this program, students get to sample three different trades. Certain school districts have been complementing the cook and baker modules with a Board Authorized third component. If you are interested in learning about what other districts have done, please contact Marie-Ève Masse.

Resources

Infographics

Download, print and share these infographics with your students. We have created a double-sided provincial snapshot along with half page double-sided regional snapshots of BC’s Tourism Industry Workforce. Use this as a classroom reference to learn about our industry at a glance: What is our 10-year forecast for employment openings? Or how does our workforce compare to other industries? Take a look below.

Provincial Infographics

Regional Infographics

We plan to update these annually when we receive the new labour market information every fall.

Career Explorer

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” If your students are struggling to figure out where they would like to work, whether that’s a part-time job throughout the school year or a career for after they graduate, direct them to these helpful resources:

Got Skills? (Worksheet)

Every skill we learn along the way is a building block that contributes to our future career options. Skills are transferable and can be learned in a variety of settings, from playing on sports teams, volunteering, or while working your first customer-facing front-line job. Make a skills inventory with your students by using this worksheet.

Tourism Open Textbooks

These tourism-focused open textbooks can be a helpful complement to the content you cover in your classroom. Created by post-secondary tourism & culinary educators and go2HR, these resources are editable and free, designed with a first year post-secondary audience in mind. Take a look and adapt the relevant content to your audience.

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association Career Video & Guide

For students looking for a change of scenery, wanting an adventurous lifestyle, or already living in the area, encourage them to find a tourism job in the Thompson Okanagan area. With four ski resorts, 50 golf courses, and hundreds of resorts, restaurants, attractions and wineries, there’s a job for all types of personalities.

Created in partnership with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, this career guide and video feature reasons to work in the tourism industry, career success stories from youth working in the region, and useful information on finding a job in the region.

Relevant Industry Training Certificates

Workplace Training Certificates Bundle for High School Students

Prepare your students to help them enter the workforce with knowledge and confidence. This tourism and hospitality certificates bundle is a perfect starter kit for one credit towards the Ministry of Education’s Workforce Training Certificates 12 program. Not only will your students receive a credit, but the cost of this competitively priced bundle is eligible for reimbursement by the Ministry of Education

Post Secondary Possibilities

Training Map

Do you have students  interested in entering a post-secondary tourism and hospitality or culinary program? See all the programs available around BC on our Training Map!

Orange Book of Success

This book contains advice and tips from BC tourism industry professionals, the educational community, graduates and students. If any of your students are intending to pursue a post-secondary tourism and hospitality program, provide them with this helpful resource to get a head start with their planning. It includes helpful checklists, career profiles, industry tips and career planning advice.

Certifications for Cook and Baker trades are issued by the Industry Training Authority, and delivered through designated training providers and assessment agencies. Click here to learn more about the certifications available for these two trades.

ITA Youth has developed relevant programming for the K-12 system:

Training Map

Do you have students that are interested in entering a post-secondary culinary program? Show them all the programs available around BC on our Training Map!

Both employers and potential students use this page to find relevant culinary, tourism and hospitality programs. If your school offers a program, make sure to take a look to see that your program’s information is listed and up-to-date. Please fill out our form if this needs an update.

Culinary and Tourism Open Textbooks

These culinary- and tourism-focused open textbooks can be a helpful complement to the content you cover in your classroom. Created by culinary & tourism educators and go2HR, these resources are editable and free. Take a look and adapt the relevant content to your audience.

Resources

Infographics

Download, print and share these infographics with your students. We have created a double-sided provincial snapshot along with half page double-sided regional snapshots of BC’s Tourism Industry Workforce. Use this as a classroom reference to learn about our industry at a glance: What is our 10-year forecast for employment openings? Or how does our workforce compare to other industries? Take a look below.

Provincial Infographics

Regional Infographics

We plan to update these annually when we receive the new labour market information every fall.

Career Explorer

So your students are enrolled in the program and they’ve shown they’re dedicated to the industry – but with so many career options in tourism and hospitality, they may not be sure where they fit in yet. Direct them to our career explorer, quizzes or job board to help them figure out their next step, whether it is for their work experience through school or to establish a long-term goal.

Training Map

Both employers and potential students use this page to find relevant culinary, tourism and hospitality programs. If your school offers a program, make sure  your program’s information is listed and up-to-date. Please fill out our form if this needs an update.

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association Career Video & Guide

For students looking for a change of scenery, wanting an adventurous lifestyle, or already living in the area, encourage them to find a tourism job in the Thompson Okanagan area. With four ski resorts, 50 golf courses, and hundreds of resorts, restaurants, attractions and wineries, there’s a job for all types of personalities.

Created in partnership with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, this career guide and video feature reasons to work in the tourism industry, career success stories from youth working in the region, and useful information on finding a job in the region.

Orange Book of Success

This book contains advice and tips from BC tourism industry professionals, the educational community, graduates and students. Provide your tourism and hospitality students with this helpful resource to get started with their career planning. It includes helpful checklists, career profiles, industry tips and career planning advice.

Tourism Open Textbooks

These tourism-focused open textbooks can be a helpful complement to the content you cover in your classroom. Created by post-secondary tourism & culinary educators and go2HR, these resources are editable and free, designed with a first year post-secondary audience in mind. Take a look and adapt the relevant content to your audience.

Relevant Industry Training Certificates

Online Training for New and Young Workers

Are your students gearing up to join the workforce? Whether they are looking for a part-time position or co-op placement while they are finishing their studies, or preparing for a career after graduation, you can help them get workplace-ready by encouraging them to take relevant training.

go2HR has launched Foundations of Workplace Safety and SuperHost Foundations of Service Quality. The two online courses are designed specifically for new and young workers. Students can work through both courses at their own pace and in the convenience of their own home.

Opportunities FOR Engagement with Industry

The Winning Pitch

Show off your students’ bright ideas and help them gain insight from employers and industry professionals! Support them in entering the Winning Pitch, a competition where they pitch business concepts to promote a local tourism activity. It is a fantastic learning opportunity for them to apply their strategic thinking to come up with a tourism business or service idea related to the support of the destination development in their local community.

Student Industry Rendezvous

This is a great opportunity for your students to speak one-on-one with representatives from over 40 companies in the tourism and hospitality sector. This event sells out every year, so don’t miss out!

Partners in Tourism – TIP Society

The Tourism Industry Partners (TIP) Invitational Golf Tournament was established in 2005 to foster future generations of tourism professionals through scholarships and awards raised primarily through the annual golf tournament.

With the goal of placing the funds directly into the hands of the BC students and programs, $60K in scholarships and awards are distributed to students and programs on an annual basis. Learn more about this charity and eligibility criteria for the student awards or infrastructure assistance request by connecting with Marie-Ève Masse.

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