GHRA touts pre-apprenticeship program
Improving service excellence and hospitality is the clear goal behind the newly established pre-apprenticeship program in hopes of boosting Guam’s tourism industry.
The Guam Hotel & Restaurants Association has been working together with the Department of Labor, along with other training providers, to develop this free 12-week training program.
What sets it apart from other training courses on the island is that upon successful completion, participants will obtain a national certification, required licenses for employment, and gas cards for transportation — all at no cost.
Mary Rhodes, president of GHRA, says she hopes to remove all barriers to entry within the industry through this program.
“With our 284 pre-apprentices, we have 22 who are currently unemployed and so we’re hoping to have 100 percent placement for those 22 people. But the remaining are actually current employees, incumbent workers. And so through this program, we’re hoping that they will move on to our registered apprenticeship program which GHRA has been a sponsor since 1986,” Rhodes said.
GHRA’s program acts as a precursor to DOL’s Registered Apprenticeship Programs, which offers individuals the training and certification necessary to get more than a minimum-wage position.
According to Rhodes, the pre-apprenticeship program is a great alternative for those who would like to further their education through apprenticeship.