The tourism industry hopes to find workers in the school system, including at the primary level

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If you ask a kindergarten student what they want to be when they grow up, you will often hear things like a ballerina, a hockey player, a doctor, or a firefighter.

The Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick hopes to expand this list to also include careers such as hotel clerk and restaurant waiter.

Tourism operators face a serious shortage of workers in these areas, said Carol Alderdice, group president and CEO.

And that is holding back the growth of the industry.

Alderdice said demand has finally started to increase with the easing of pandemic restrictions, but many operators are still unable to operate at full capacity because they are understaffed.

Carol Alderdice, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, says tourism operators will be visiting schools this fall to talk to students. (Submitted by Carol Alderdice)

Some restaurants have to operate at reduced hours, she said.

But, a labor shortage has actually been a problem since before the pandemic, she said.

The association therefore worked on a plan to increase its membership.

Part of this plan includes a partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Tourism operators will be making presentations to students in schools, she said, including early grades.

“We have a video project that will start in the fall in September for grades 11 and 12,” said Alderdice, “to interview operators to find out more about tourism and why people work in tourism”.

This will give students a sense of how the tourism industry works, she said.

“Next year,” she said, “this video project is going to be K to 12.”

“So all school kids will have the opportunity to do this video project.”

A popular camping spot in Shediac. (Tourism New Brunswick)

In younger classes, she added, the whole class will do the project together instead of each student doing it individually.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education confirmed that the ministry signed a partnership agreement with the tourism association in March.

But Flavio Nienow said that did not include elementary school students.

Information morning – Fredericton10:54Effect of labor shortage on the tourism industry

The green phase and open borders have been great for tourism operators, but they are also struggling to meet the demands of the many visitors they see. Carol Alderdice is President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick. 10:54

“The partnership will increase access to experiential learning and mentoring opportunities in the tourism sector for middle and high school students,” Nienow wrote in an email response.

It will also “support professional learning opportunities for teachers,” Nienow said.

“The ministry has signed similar partnerships,” he said, “with Planet Hatch and CyberNB and continues to explore potential partnerships with other industries and community groups to create more practical opportunities for students. “


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