SearchWide Global has partnered with Destinations International (DI) and the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), to foster a 600-hour apprenticeship program to provide talented apprentices with hands-on professional work experience, with the participating Destination Marketing Organization and the selected Destination Partners.
The goal of the program is to expand the hospitality and tourism workforce by attracting underrepresented and ethnically diverse college graduates and students to career opportunities they may not have considered. We recognize the importance of cultivating a tourism industry that represents a wide variety of individuals and celebrate the broad range of human differences among us while embracing the commonalities we share.
“In order to have an impact on ethnic diversity in the tourism and events industry long term, we must first engage with young professionals in a meaningful way. For this apprenticeship program to truly succeed, there must be career planning, ongoing mentorship, support from our industry partners, and job placement at the end, and we hope to add value in all those areas.” Mike Gamble, SearchWide Global President & CEO
In collaboration with a participating Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), Convention Facility and Hotel, the Apprentice will have the opportunity to develop professional hands-on work experience from destination partners who are committed to the professional development of recent college graduates who are ethnically diverse. The Apprentice will complete a total of 600 working hours (not to exceed six months) among all three partners and during this time they will gain experience working across multiple departments (i.e., marketing, sales, finance, operations, etc.) They will also gain exposure to other local stakeholders and community partners such as the Airport, Government Agencies, Meeting and Event Organizations, Restaurants and Attractions etc. Upon successful completion of the program, a full time position will be secured.
Destinations International serves destination marketing and management professionals. Together with our members and partners, we represent a powerful forward-thinking, collaborative association: exchanging bold ideas, connecting innovative people, and elevating tourism to its highest potential.
“We are committed to developing and investing in the leaders of tomorrow that represent a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives. We believe the Apprenticeship Program will provide a structured platform for young people to be exposed to the travel and tourism industry and gain invaluable learning opportunities from experienced leaders.”
President & CEO
The International Association of Venue Managers, having significant influence in a global industry, is the acknowledged organization providing superlative leadership, cutting-edge innovation, advanced education, supportive advocacy, opportunities for networking and connection to other venue professionals around the world.
“This apprenticeship program is in concert with IAVM’s values in offering real life experiences to a diverse and inclusive future leadership in our phenomenal industry. We are excited to partner with Destinations International and SearchWide Global to further professional development for leadership that is inclusive and strong.”
President & CEO
International Association of Venue Managers
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