(Edmonton, AB) – The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) and NorQuest College announced today an innovative partnership with the unveiling of the college’s new Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute.
The institute will be a hands-on training centre where students and current employees from across the province can develop leading-edge skills in a broad range of disciplines including guest services, safety, supervision, service industry operations, and event delivery. The program starts this January and registration is now open for interested applicants.
“NorQuest College is extremely proud to partner with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation on this exciting opportunity,” said Dr. Jodi L. Abbott, NorQuest President & CEO. “We are committed to providing workforce relevant programming that aligns with the needs of our community. Today’s announcement will strengthen Edmonton’s hospitality sector and provide access to training for thousands of workers throughout our community.”
Approximately 10 per cent of Alberta’s workforce – close to 200,000 people – works in the tourism and hospitality sector. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute will provide training programs that are relevant and customized for Alberta’s hospitality industry and will open its doors to employment opportunities for hundreds of inner city residents and at-risk youth in our community.
“Partnering with NorQuest College was an easy decision for our board as we share a strong commitment to youth education in northern Alberta,” said Richard Wong, EOCF Chair. “This new institute, and the bursaries that will be awarded, will help Edmonton’s inner city youth build a future for themselves and strive for successes that were once beyond their imagination.”
As part of the EOCF’s $1.5 million investment, 100 Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Bursaries, valued up to $1,000 each, will be available each year for those who require financial support. A portion of the investment will also go towards a new state-of-the-art training facility and kitchen in NorQuest’s Centre for Learning, slated to open in 2017.
“Congratulations to NorQuest and the EOCF on this very positive announcement,” said Patrick LaForge, Oilers President & COO. “With Rogers Place set to open its doors in fall 2016, we know there will be lots of opportunities for graduates of the institute. From facility management to catering and server opportunities, there will be positions for all sorts of hospitality interests.”
To learn more about the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute, please visit norquest.ca.