CANADIAN businesses will see more Solomon Islanders in their hotel and tourism industry after it was announced that 7 more Guadalcanal CITREC graduates would be making their way to Canada to be employed by a major international hotel chain when the seasonal worker hiring begins early next year.
Canadian International Training & Education Corp Chairman Ashwant Dwivedi told Canadian media during a conference that a major international hotel chain has decided to hire 7 more of the Guadalcanal CITREC graduates on an ongoing basis for the next five years.
The international hotel chain has asked that its details not be released allowing government process being completed in a fair manner.
“The employer has already started the process with the Canadian government making an application to seek approval of the Canadian government to hire 7 more of the CITREC-GP graduates. Once the Government of Canada has made its determination those shortlisted GP graduates will be confirmed to their appointment and the hiring process will begin.” Chairman Dwivedi said.
“This is the same process the two current GP graduates underwent who are employed in Canada. We want to ensure that the contract that the Canadian hotel chain offers to GP graduates meets or exceeds Canadian labour laws. Especially in area of salary, compensation and other associated benefits. Therefore it is very important that Government of Canada through its Ministry of Labour is a party to the contract. This binds and protects the rights of the employer and employee,” Chairman Dwivedi said.
“Once again let me tell the nation that Canada does not discriminate salary and compensation it will offer for its citizens and that which is offered to a seasonal worker. However we want to ensure that this policy and principle is well binding between all parties,” Chairman Dwivedi said.
Chairman Dwivedi said that there is significant interest from many other, Canadian Provinces to be part of the hiring process of CITREC-GP graduates.
He said that as this employment is with a major international hotel chain, selected students will be given a pre-departure course of few weeks to make themselves familiar with the hotel procedures which includes and is not limited to service standards which is part of the hotel chains internal human resource arrangement.
“I can confirm that CITREC is in negotiation with 2 more Canadian Provinces who wish to hire GP graduates. We are hoping to conclude an agreement in the coming weeks and we remain hopeful of making an announcement on our achievement.”
In June of this year 2 GP CITREC graduates have entered the Canadian job market working in the restaurant industry as kitchen helpers. Their seasonal employment is between 2-4 months.
In October of last year a high-powered Guadalcanal Government delegation visited Canada and entered into a Labour Mobility Agreement with Province of Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan is Canada’s Oil and Grain rich province which employs thousands of foreign workers.
The Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Minister responsible for Immigration, jobs, skills and Training signed on the dotted line on behalf of the Saskatchewan Government witnessing the agreement between CITREC, Guadalcanal Government and Saskatchewan Hospitality sector.