Singapore, 6 December 2017 – The inaugural Work for a Stay programme will offer graduating students from post-secondary institutions and jobseekers who are keen to work in the hotel industry a chance to try out a short-term work stint at a number of hotels here, and earn a staycation.
First-hand, on-the-job experiences in the hotel industry
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB), together with Singapore Hotel Association (SHA), have collaborated with 15 hotels in Singapore to offer a 10-day Work for a Stay programme to expose tertiary students and Singaporean and Permanent Resident (PR) jobseekers to the day-to-day work operations and culture of the hotel industry. This programme will enable participants to better understand the job scope and skills required in the industry; it is also part of efforts to help the industry build a strong pipeline of talent and a future-ready workforce, while providing quality career opportunities for Singaporeans and PRs.
Participants' exposure to the hotel operations will span across functions such as Housekeeping, Front Office, Banquet, among others. They will go through what hotel staff experience in their daily work routine and learn on the job; tasks can range from attending to guests' ad-hoc requests to making special arrangements and preparations for events. They will receive a training allowance and a one-night hotel stay upon completing the 10-day programme. Meals and uniforms will also be provided. The programme runs from 11 December 2017 to 30 March 2018.
"Work for a Stay aims to give participants the chance to learn about working in a hotel in the most effective way – by gaining on-the-job experience. It will also help hotels to identify promising candidates with a passion for hospitality, and showcase the range of work and life experiences available in hotels. We also felt that the concept of working for a staycation would appeal more to millennials, who treasure unique experiences," said Ms Ong Huey Hong, Director of Hotels and Sector Manpower, Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Partnership with Workforce Singapore to attract locals into the industry
STB's Work for a Stay programme is supported by Workforce Singapore (WSG)'s Work Trial and aims to attract jobseekers into the hotel industry. The programme also aims to help jobseekers acquire skills and strengthen their employability and confidence through short term stints with host employers, after which they can potentially be placed in new jobs with these employers. Work Trial is part of WSG's Adapt and Grow initiative which helps Singaporeans remain employable, with the relevant skillsets. Jobseekers will receive a training allowance to defray their expenses while undergoing Work Trial, as well as a retention incentive if they take up the job eventually.
Ms Lynn Ng, Group Director of WSG's Careers Connect Group said, "WSG's Careers Connect values the partnership with STB and employers to address missed matches in the labour market and connect jobseekers to hiring employers in the hospitality industry. Work Trial helps to ensure a better job fit by enabling jobseekers to have a deeper understanding of the job roles and the hospitality industry and make informed career decisions."
The Work for a Stay programme is part of the Hotel Careers Campaign, which was launched in July 2017 by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), in partnership with the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA), Food, Drinks and Allied Workers Union and the hotel industry.
Applications for Work for a Stay will end 28 Feb 2018. Interested applicants can visit http://workforahotel.sg/ to apply and find out more. Jobseekers may also contact WSG's Careers Connect for more information (Please refer to Annex B for more information on Careers Connect.)
For a full list of participating hotels in Work for a Stay, please refer to Annex A.
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About the Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore's key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions.
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About Workforce Singapore
Workforce Singapore promotes the development, competitiveness, inclusiveness, and employability of all levels of the workforce. Its key mission is to enable Singaporeans to meet their career aspirations, take on quality jobs at different stages of life, and help enterprises be competitive and manpower-lean. Workforce Singapore's focus is on strengthening the Singaporean core and ensuring that Singaporeans are able to have better jobs and careers. Workforce Singapore, in partnership with key stakeholders, also provides support to business owners and companies to enable them to transform and grow, while building a future-ready workforce.
For more information, visit www.wsg.gov.sg.
About the Hotel Careers Campaign
Themed "The Business of Happiness," the Hotel Careers Campaign aims to create awareness on the diverse range of careers and progression opportunities in the hotel industry, and inspire the next generation of Singaporeans who are passionate about hospitality.
For more details about the Hotel Careers Campaign, please visit http://workforahotel.sg.