The Thompson Okanagan region is a geographically diverse tourism destination that offers a wide range of activities and visitor experiences – ski resorts, golf courses, wineries, restaurants, campgrounds, indigenous and heritage sites, museums, trails, farms and orchards, and much more. The diverse product offering in the region calls for a strong, skilled workforce to deliver exceptional guest services and support tourism businesses.
The tourism industry in the Thompson Okanagan region employs approximately 34,000 full-time equivalent staff. The biggest sector is food & beverage services, followed by accommodation and recreation & entertainment (including outdoor adventures). In 2014, BC’s tourism industry generated $14.6 billion in revenue, and the Thompson Okanagan region contributed about 14%.
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The Regional HR Specialist
Did you know there is a Regional HR Specialist in the Thompson Okanagan region? Ginger Brunner is based in Kelowna and her primary role is to work with local tourism operators and stakeholders in executing the regionalization of key recruitment, retention and training initiatives outlined in the BC Tourism HR Strategy. Ginger sends out a bi-monthly Regional Tourism HR Newsletter and she is available to provide HR guidance. To contact Ginger Brunner, email email@example.com or call 778-721-5523.
The Thompson Okanagan region comprises a large number of seasonal businesses, which prevents you from offering year-round, full-time opportunities to stellar employees. It’s also challenging for you to entice seasonal workers to return year after year.
Where are you going to find workers to fill your openings? Do you have the resources, structure or tools to implement an effective human resource program that can engage employees in the long run? Explore a myriad of tips and articles that will help you attract qualified candidates and keep current employees happy and satisfied.
Employee training and development has a direct impact on improving customer service, productivity, consistency, staff morale, and sales. Investing in staff training is also a way to keep the superstar employees, making sure they are equipped with the right skill sets, certification and training for their positions.
Don’t forget to hear from businesses in your region that have successfully applied sound HR practices and have benefited from it:
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Given the breadth of the industry, education requirements vary greatly, but many entry-level positions in the tourism industry do not require formal education or a degree.
Even though specific education might not be required, the more training you have, the more skills you can bring to help grow a tourism employer’s business, thus increasing your chances of landing that job you want. BC has many excellent education programs, including apprenticeship training, and tourism and hospitality programs that will help you earn certificates, diplomas and degrees. Click here for a map of secondary and post-secondary schools in your region.
Looking to connect with local tourism and hospitality students and instructors in BC and across Canada? Check out our database: https://www.go2hr.ca/articles/post-your-jobs-colleges-across-canada
In some cases, specific industry certifications are needed and are considered some of the basic job requirements. For example:
- SuperHost: customer service training for front-line staff.
- FOODSAFE: Required for foodservice workers to learn about the dangers and prevention of food poisoning. This course is available online, by distance education or in a classroom setting. We offer the distance education version of FOODSAFE Level 1.
- Foundations of Workplace Safety Course: an interactive online course designed specifically for young and new workers, covering employer and worker rights and responsibilities, common workplace hazards, and WHMIS basics.
- Serving It Right: BC’s mandatory self-study program for the responsible service of alcohol.
- Special Event Server: BC’s responsible beverage service program for serving alcohol at special events.
Whether you are a large or small business, a strong commitment to safety sets you apart as an employer of choice and inspires confidence from your current and future employees.
Participation in the Certificate of Recognition (COR) Program – an occupational health and safety audit and certification program – offers many benefits, including financial incentives from WorkSafeBC, improvement on employee morale and productivity, thus building a positive corporate image. Small employers with fewer than 20 employees can participate in the Small Employers COR (SECOR) program, which has a slightly different process and audit tool that takes into account the size of the operation in order to increase small employers’ success.
To get started, check out the Resource Library to download customizable tools and checklists for your health & safety program. If you have any questions, reach out to your regional Industry Health and Safety Specialist, Stephanie Mallalieu, who can provide you with one-on-one assistance in your program. Contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-633-9787 ext. 220.
The Thompson Okanagan region is located in Southern BC, and spans from the highest mountain peak in the Canadian Rockies, through plentiful orchards and brilliant vineyards, down to Canada’s only true desert, connecting with the USA border. From beach bum to ski bum, the Thompson Okanagan region is BC’s four-season destination.
In Thompson Okanagan, you can: In Thompson Okanagan, you can:
- Create a memorable experience serving a variety of local wines.
- Welcome guests to a relaxing lakefront or golf resort.
- Develop lasting friendships working at an exciting ski resort.
- Work on your tan while leading boat tours, parasailing rides, or epic zip-lining adventures.
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Tourism Only Job Board
Nearly 250 employers in the Thompson Okanagan region have posted jobs last year on our free tourism job board, looking to hire a wide variety of positions in all tourism sectors, from front-line to supervisory to executive level. Here are the latest jobs in the region:
LATEST JOBS IN THE Thompson Okanagan REGION
|Job Title:||Company:||Location:||Date Posted:|
|Room Attendant - Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport||Argus Hospitality Group||Kelowna||Jul 30, 2021|
|Harvest Teammates||Andrew Peller Limited||Grimsby||Jul 30, 2021|
|Banquet Server||Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre-Kelowna||Kelowna||Jul 29, 2021|
|Banquet Captain||Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre-Kelowna||Kelowna||Jul 29, 2021|
|Banquet Manager||Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre-Kelowna||Kelowna||Jul 29, 2021|
Tourism Companies in Thompson Okanagan
Are you trying to connect with a local tourism company in Thompson Okanagan? Here is a snapshot of tourism companies currently registered on our website. In our Tourism Company Directory, you may also find local chambers of commerce, regional destination marketing organizations and tourism sector associations in your area.
Thompson Okanagan EMPLOYERS
|Salt Spring Island Visitor Centre||21121 Lower Ganges Rd, Salt Spring island, British Columbia V8K 2T1|
|The Boardwalk Restaurant||219673 Longacre Road, Lund, British Columbia V0N 2G0|
|White Spot Vernon||21800-4400 32nd Street, Vernon, British Columbia V1T 9H2|
|Walnut Beach Resort||214200 Lakeshore Drive, Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H1V6|
|BCMI Management Ltd.||21PO BOX 316, SUMMERLAND, British Columbia V0H 1Z0|