Bridge the Eligibility Gap with a Hospitality Foundations Course

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Bridge the Eligibility Gap with a Hospitality Foundations Course Photo by Pamela Wendell

Hospitality industry is growing exponentially and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it will continue to grow in the coming years across all sectors, including tourism and cultural heritage, food and beverages and accommodation and travel. Currently, it’s the largest industry in Canada in terms of revenue as well as employment. Therefore, the job opportunities at entry-level as well as chances of career advancements are very high.

Previously, the hospitality industry was dominated by individuals who didn't have specialized knowledge and education in hospitality. However, in the past few years, all sectors of hospitality experienced a radical shift. It is now considered to be one of the best industries to build careers in. The employers have become more selective and are keen in hiring only those who have undergone a specialized education in hospitality, and possess prior hands-on experience and are excellent communicators and good leaders.

Therefore, in order to build rewarding careers in hospitality, it's become important to complete a formal education in food and beverages, travel and tourism or accommodation and transportation. If you also want to build careers in hospitality, you may consider post-secondary diploma or degree courses in hospitality in a discipline of your choice.

However, if you don't meet the eligibility requirements for a hospitality degree program, you can first enroll in a hospitality foundations course. This will help you develop academic and professional skills and attitudes required to enter a college program of your choice. You may also consider this program, if you want to acquire a broad base of knowledge in hospitality and understanding of various associated career paths.

Centennial College's hospitality and tourism courses typically runs for one year through two semesters and covers a wide range of subjects, including math, sanitation, safety and hygiene, life skills and job readiness, communications skills, geography and tourism - western and eastern hemisphere and food fundamentals. You're also engaged in reflective practice to facilitate professional skill development while enhancing their communication competence in all language strands.

The class sizes are generally small, which means you will receive individualized attention. A strong emphasis is placed on the use of English in all its aspects. The program is delivered by sensitive and experienced professors, who not only teach you the hospitality industry basics but also help you explore various hospitality and tourism courses and your particular interests.

Learning Outcomes

  • You will be able to understand how the market mechanism operates.
  • You will be aware of the career opportunities available in various hospitality sectors.
  • You will improve your English language and communication skills.
  • You will be eligible for post-secondary diploma or degree courses in hospitality.
  • You also explore your specific interests.

Eligibility Criteria

As mentioned earlier, you cannot directly apply for this program. Admission to this program is offered to you, if you apply, but do not meet eligibility requirements, for any of the post-secondary programs in hospitality, tourism or culture.

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Author discusses the importance and benefits of a hospitality degree program. He also discusses how it helps students in obtaining eligibility for college-level hospitality and tourism courses.

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