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Partnership aims to help tourism/hospitality students, restaurant industry


September 14, 2014
By Canadian Pizza

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Sept. 14, 2014, Charlottetown – Holland College and Restaurants Canada will join forces to
give graduates from several programs related to the tourism and hospitality
industry an edge in their search for employment.

Sept. 14, 2014, Charlottetown – Holland College and Restaurants Canada will join forces to
give graduates from several programs related to the tourism and hospitality
industry an edge in their search for employment.

 

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The Graduate Partnership Program, announced Sept. 11 by
Holland College president Brian McMillan, will give students graduating from
several of the college’s programs, including those of Culinary Institute of
Canada, a special “GradPass.” The one-year pass will allow graduates to access
research and information on Restaurants Canada’s members-only website, give
them free admission to industry trade shows in Halifax and Toronto, and allow
them to post their resumes and profiles on a new, specialized job site
exclusively for GradPass holders and Restaurants Canada members.

“Holland College is committed to providing our students with
the skills and knowledge that they will require to enter their chosen
occupational field. The GradPass is a tool that will give them direct access to
prospective employers in the industry. We are proud to be the national founding
partner for this initiative,” said McMillan in a news release.

Liam Dolan, owner of Claddagh Oyster House, Olde Dublin Pub
and Peake's Quay and the current chair of Restaurants Canada, was instrumental
in launching the program on Prince Edward Island.

“I’ve been a strong advocate for the Culinary Institute of
Canada since Day One, and I’m thrilled to see us break new ground once again.
This innovative partnership is a model we’ll be rolling out across Canada,”
said Dolan in the release.

Restaurants Canada President and CEO Garth Whyte said there
is strong interest in the partnership program.

“The restaurant industry employs more than 1.1 million
Canadians, and there is a growing need for qualified employees. Our members are
very pleased that we are reaching out to the next generation of industry
leaders,” he said. “For graduates entering our industry – and for this new
partnership – the sky is the limit.”

For more information about Holland College programs that are
associated with the GradPass program, visit www.hollandcollege.com/gradpass .