Minister Spotlights Hospitality Jobs

November 30, 2011

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Patrice Minors is encouraging unemployed individuals who want to work to sign up for the “Waiter/Server Retraining Programme”.

The deadline for applicants is tomorrow [Dec. 1].

The programme which is a joint initiative between the Bermuda Hotel Association and the Restaurant Division of the Chamber of Commerce aims to fill 100 waiter/server positions within the hospitality industry.

In a recent comments about the programme, Minister Minors said, “The estimated number of substantive waiter/server work permits approved on an annual basis is in the region of 400 and this number can grow to as many as 600 waiter/server work permits during the height of the summer season with the issuance of seasonal work permits to hotels, which are valid for periods between March and November.

“The waiter/server programme is open to all persons seeking to reinvent themselves and pursue a career as a waiter or server. No experience is required and the training programme is being offered at no cost to the trainee. Our goal is to reduce the number of waiter/server work permits by one hundred in the first phase of this programme.”

So far according to the Minister, there has been “very positive feedback” to application process, and over the last couple of weeks, the Department of Labour and Training has hosted several training sessions.

Minister Minors continued, “Working in Bermuda’s hospitality industry can be an exciting and rewarding experience. And it is our hope that Bermudians will pick up the mantle and take advantage of these 100 guaranteed job opportunities.

“There is still time for individuals to apply as the deadline for applications is December 1.

“Interested persons, particularly those who are unemployed and who want to work in the hospitality industry are encouraged to contact the Department of Labour and Training or the National Training Board and get signed up.”

The “Waiter/Server Retraining Programme” is designed for those with minimum dining room experience; it covers basic food, wine and beverage service.

The standard of performance for the techniques of service presented, as a part of this programme, is based on the International Business & Gourmet Standards of Hospitality [IBGS].

Additionally, the beverage service standards portion of this course, which is also included in the IBGS Standards, has received The International Sommelier Guild [ISG] Seal of Approval.

Interested persons can contact 297-7714 or 292-3700 and sign up for the programme.

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