Originally Published in the November 1992 issue of The Outfitter Magazine.
Ontario Skills Development
Today, many camp operators are realizing that training themselves and their employees in a formalized way is one of the best ways to get things done right, the first time, every time. A well-planned training program can help you make the most of your employees’ skills, and improve your overall productivity.
The Ontario Skills Development Office can help you. With locations at all of the community colleges across the province, our main goal is to offer you unbiased advice on your training and developmental needs. We can help you outline a snapshot view of your business so you can determine which areas can be improved through training. With your specific needs in mind we can help you find the training and educational services that you need, perhaps right in your own community. When you need an extensive search for training services, the Ontario Skills Development consultant is able to access SkillsLink which is a computerized data bank of courses offered throughout Ontario. We can also assist you in writing job descriptions and in determining how well your employees complete their tasks. Once a program has been put in place, we can help you evaluate the value of your investment in training.
When training needs are established for your company we will help you prioritize them and develop a training plan. In many cases you will be able to apply for an incentive grant from Ontario Skills. You may be eligible for up to 50% of the direct costs related to the training including instruction fees, consumable learning materials, travel and accommodation. Trainee salaries are not included.
Camp operators may be interested in a variety of types of training. Some of you may want to computerize your accounting system and put your client files on a database. Word processing can assist you in generating your letters, forms and information packages. Managers may require courses in hiring staff, supervisory skills, marketing or financial management. Your staff may benefit from programs in cooking, housekeeping and customer service.
It is time to get involved with training as a means of reaching your business potential. For additional information, call your nearest Ontario Skills Development Office or the NOTO office now!
Article provided by Ontario Skills and Development.