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Over 800 students benefit from TPDCO’s Tourism Summer Intern Programme

Ministry of Tourism | 2014-09-22 00:00:00

Over 800 young Jamaicans across the various resort areas, between the ages of sixteen and twenty five have benefitted from the Tourism Product Development Company’s (TPDCo.) recently concluded Tourism Summer Intern Programme (TSIP).  The participants have praised the programme and many employers have expressed satisfaction with the value that the interns brought to their organizations.

The interns rated highly the one day orientation which preceded the launch of the progarmme and which introduced participants to tourism and security awareness, marketing of brand Jamaica, cultural sensitivity, professional etiquette and customer service.

Students were placed in all the subsectors of the tourism industry including transportation, attractions, hotels, travel trade and tourism organizations as well as related establishments which have linkages to tourism.

In response to the question what did you gain from the experience, the feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive.

Danielle Williams said “I gained a better understanding of all that the tourism sector entails and gained useful knowledge pertaining to the resort areas of Jamaica, which will in turn help me to become a better ambassador for my country.”

According to Alecia Reid “I learned that body language and posture are important and customer service is the key.  I also gained additional experience in computer related activities.”

“The experience was a tremendous one.  I was placed at the John Rollins Success Primary and as a potential teacher I must say that I grasped the concepts of a classroom,” said Shanice Gardner
Shamar Henry had this to say “I gained a lot of understanding about fixing things, how to interact with people and a better knowledge of what a real job feels like”

“I learnt to work efficiently in teams and to interpret and carry out instructions.  I also learnt a lot about the library’s day to day operations and the filing system used,” Dwight Brown explained.
Employers’ feedback was for the most part very positive:

“Chevonne displays professionalism and a positive work attitude.  Her initiative and willingness to assist her peers are assets to any organization” – JSIF

“Ms. Green is a very hard and dedicated worker.  She is a motivator.  She has excellent leadership skills and she will be a good asset to any company/organization,” - Sandals Royal Plantation
Ms. Wallace was diligent in the completion of tasks assigned to her.  She made a marked contribution to the output of the department,” – Western Regional Health Authority

“Carlos is a hard working team oriented individual who follows instructions.  He has learnt basic knowledge of the job in just three weeks.  Good people skills,” – Azul Sensatori

According to Executive Director of TPDCo, Dennis Hickey “I am pleased that the programme has achieved its objectives, including exposing young academics to the significance of tourism and the important role it plays in our society.  We continue to create partnerships with private and public sector players as well as to provide financial opportunities for deserving students.  We included a few wards of the state in the programme as well as contributed to two very important environmental programmes at the Montego Bay Marine Park and the Discovery Bay Marine Lab as well as the revitalization of the museum at the John Rollins Success Primary School.” 

TPDCo’s Summer Intern Programme was made possible through the financial support of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to the tune of over twenty million dollars ($20,000,000.00).

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