Hospitality association launches free online training
Grant also will promote job board for restaurant and lodging industry
A workforce training program launched Monday to help restaurant and hotel workers, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association announced.
The program offers free training for people who are employed, out of work or underemployed from the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute.
Training is available to residents of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry and Sussex, according to the announcement.
The association used a $255,500 grant from GO Virginia Region 4 and several Central Virginia localities, and said it’s in talks to expand the program to Northern Virginia and other areas of the state.
Individuals can register online for training, which includes a range of courses from entry-level to management, at https://training.vrlta.org.
With staffing a concern across the industry, the aim is to help people develop their skills and grow their careers, Jim Wilson, the association’s vice president of education and workforce development, said in a statement.
“Employers can also recommend their employees for training,” he said, “which helps to raise the knowledge and quality of service across the organization.”
The money also will help promote job openings in the hospitality industry, the association said, noting that there were 250 listings as of Monday at vrlta.mcjobboard.net/jobs.