Oregon Hospitality Foundation partners with the industry to provide workforce solutions.
Workforce shortages continue to be cited by restaurant and lodging employers as the number one issue now facing businesses. Many industry partners say recruiting was tough even pre-pandemic and now the challenge is even greater. How can Oregon’s hospitality industry hope to address these ongoing shortages? The Oregon Hospitality Foundation hosted a webinar discussion May 25, 2021, with experts who shared both big picture strategies our industry could consider for building an employee pipeline, and shorter-term tools that are available to help support today’s workforce needs. Panelists also shared insight from a recent collaboration on the Oregon coast that elevates the acknowledgement of our industry’s economic contributions and will help align that region’s workforce board priorities to include hospitality employers' needs.
Webinar Resources from 5.25.21: "Accessing Resources to Help Support Your Workforce Needs"
The Oregon Hospitality Foundation partners with the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute to present internationally accredited and WIOA compliant certifications specific to those seeking entry-level employment as well as those seeking to up-skill and advance their careers. An in-person training program, using this curriculum, was recently piloted on the Oregon coast and an expansion is in works.
We support new online curriculum available through the National Restaurant Association called ServSuccess, which offers a pathway of competency-building programs from entry-level through management for roles in the restaurant industry.
The Foundation also features, creates, and presents Workforce Resources that highlight a variety of best practices and information including a state research study, commissioned through OSU’s Hospitality Management Department, that highlights innovative retention and recruiting tools.
Read more about how the Foundation supports educational opportunities and job training programs that help ensure the vitality of one of Oregon’s largest economic drivers - the hospitality industry.
Want help determining if any of these programs are a good fit for your training needs and goals? Contact Wendy Popkin, Executive Director, Oregon Hospitality Foundation, 971.224.1505.
Best Practices in Workforce Retention
The Foundation commissioned OSU's Hospitality Program to conduct research to identify and highlight Oregon companies with innovative practices resulting in improved employee retention. View the series at: OregonRLA.org/WorkforcePractices