Restaurant management

Cambrian College Relaunches Hospitality and Restaurant Management Degree

Cambrian College in Sudbury is relaunching its hotel and restaurant management hospitality program after a 10-year hiatus.

The four-semester degree program will accept its first students in the spring semester of this year, starting in May, and its first cohort is expected to graduate after the spring semester of 2023.

It is billed as the only program of its kind in Northern Ontario. Brian Lobban, dean of the schools of business, information technology, media, art and design at Cambrian College, said the pandemic was a motivating factor to restart the program.

“We’ve seen an exodus of people leaving the hospitality industry,” he said. “We looked at our hotel management program and thought that was what we could do to help our industry partners.”

Cambrian’s program focuses on the hospitality industry, Lobban said. It includes a seven-week internship in a hotel company. His course list will include “Beverages and Mixology”, “Food and Nutrition Theory”, “Accounting”, “Gaming and Casinos”, “Hospitality Law and Risk Management” and “Indigenous Business and Economy “.

The program includes a microcredit option

Lobban said Cambrian’s hospitality program will focus primarily on the degree component, but there will be opportunities for students to earn “microcredits” on specific subjects. These will be for those who work in the industry and wish to upgrade a specific set of skills, and who cannot enroll in the program full-time.

“Our program is really geared towards training people for careers in hospitality and tourism, and it allows for greater mobility of people between companies. So you can graduate from this program and move around different ‘other industries,’ he said.

Cambrian cut his host program in 2012, before Lobban became dean, and said he could not explain why it was cut.

The accommodation service manager industry is expected to see a demand for workers over the 20s, according to the federal government job bank. Lobban said some interest from potential workers may stem from the so-called big resignation.

He said supporting Northern Ontario’s hospitality industry workforce would be important to the region’s post-pandemic recovery.

“We’re part of the economic recovery of the region, and the province for that matter. If we can attract people with good, stable jobs, then that’s good for everyone,” Lobban said.

Finding workers is a “struggle”

Laurie Marcil is the Executive Director of Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario, based in North Bay. She said labor shortages in the sector have existed since before the COVID-19 pandemic and said she hopes a program immersed in Northern Ontario’s hospitality and tourism industry will help. to solve this problem.

“It’s always the challenge to have them [prospective workers] have to go outside of northern Ontario to find these programs, and then we lose them. So having these programs right here in northern Ontario should be a huge help in keeping people here,” she said.

As pandemic restrictions begin to ease, she said industry partners will need to work hard to promote available work in the northern hospitality sector, as well as encourage visitors to explore offerings closer to home. them.