The organizers of this year’s Destination Management Board Tourism Awards have welcomed a new title sponsor.
The Working Holiday youth mobility scheme was already a category sponsor for what has been billed as the biggest – and best – award for BCP’s hospitality and tourism sector.
But now he has been confirmed as the main sponsor after Yellow Buses, the former main sponsor, went out of business.
Tim Seward, Awards Manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Working Holiday Youth Mobility Scheme on board.”
Michele Medhurst, pictured left, Youth Mobility Scheme Working Holiday Project Coordinator, said, “Becoming the main sponsor allows us to promote the IEA/BAHA Youth Mobility Scheme Working Holiday Scheme to the hospitality sector and the local community.
“It also allows us to celebrate the contribution the sector makes, along with the international education sector, to the local economy each year.
“And it will help continue to put Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole firmly on the world map by connecting YMS Working Holiday applicants with opportunities to live, learn and work, here on the beautiful south coast of England. “
The International Education Association/Bournemouth Area Hotels Association Youth Mobility Scheme Working Holiday Project offers people aged 18-30 from 11 participating countries the opportunity to live, work and/or study in Bournemouth , Christchurch and Poole.
The 11 countries are Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, San Marino, Monaco, India and Iceland.
With a shortage of hospitality workers in the BCP area, the project enables BAHA to attract people with a Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) visa to work in the hospitality industry for a period of up to two years.
It also allows the successful YMS visa applicant to access and participate in hospitality training.
A certificate is awarded at the end of the training in each department, which goes towards their hospitality portfolio.
Before arrival, all applicants take a free English test.
If they have an intermediate or higher level of English, they go straight into the hospitality industry.
If their level of English is below intermediate, they can develop their English skills at an IEA-accredited school in the BCP area at their own expense.
Successful candidates also have the option of taking a free short course on arrival, designed to help them navigate British working life.
The semi-finals of this year’s Destination Management Board Tourism Awards will be held in Hoburne Christchurch on September 13 and the final at the Pavilion Ballroom in Bournemouth on November 10.
Dorset Biz News is proud to be the media partner for this year’s event.