The Government of Curaçao and Curacao Hospitality & Tourism Association (CHATA) initiated the Kla pa Turismo project which aims to provide the urgent demand for qualified personnel in the tourism sector. This project will prepare 300 persons to enter the local tourism market. This initiative is beneficial for the private sector and locals who are searching for a job. Clearly the greatest benefit is the support to develop another economic pillar: Tourism.
Members of CHATA indicated that it is very difficult to find qualified employees for hotels and restaurants. This necessity will increase due to forecasted developments in the upcoming two to four years. There will be 2500 additional rooms in Curaçao, which means that roughly 4000 professional employees are needed for hotels and restaurants. CHATA acknowledged the fact to start working on the demand from now on.
The Ministry of Economic Development (MEO) investigated the labor market of the tourism sector. They’ve discovered a gap with regards to the supply of this market. People who have completed hospitality studies don’t always match the labor market, even though they have a degree in this area. On the other hand, the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Welfare (SOAW) has a substantial database of unemployed people. It is a good opportunity to occupy this group to work in the tourism sector.
During the implementation of ‘Kla pa Turismo’ Project, CHATA will train 300 persons to work in the hospitality sector. The training will focus on 4 disciplines: assistant waiter, kitchen assistant, housekeeping and security. The duration of the training is 6 months. After successfully completing the program, participants will receive two certifications: a certification of Stichting Vakbekwaamheid Horeca (SVH) and a certification of CHATA. It is a unique opportunity for the participants to receive a SVH certification, which is internationally renowned. This will facilitate the person to continue growing in the hospitality sector. The CHATA certification demonstrates that the person has the ability and capacity to work according to the quality and regulations of the hospitality sector.