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Margaritaville VP of Training: How to futureproof your talent streams in a labour shortage



“They’ve got a great hospitality program down there that we’ve been close with for a number of years,” he explains. “And the gentleman who runs that program, Peter Ritchie, is one of the most active people I’ve ever met in helping folks find jobs and stay in the industry. So we’ve got a great relationship with them right in our backyard.”

Building talent pools from schools

Margaritaville has also been working with the Rosen School too, which also had a great program.

“We’re trying to do is to build those relationships so that we can link our partners and our properties with folks that’re graduating from the programs,” says Bocken. “Those who’re looking for either entry level, hourly roles or entry level management roles.

“The big goal ultimately in the next few years is to have a formal management training program for people coming out of school to start internships at Margaritaville. That’s something I think we’re really building towards and excited about.”

And it’s makes for good business. The ongoing talent shortage is impacting all industries right now, but it seems as if hospitality is always being impacted that bit more. According to data from IMD, 27% of employees plan on quitting their jobs in the next 12 months, with seven in 10 adding thar seeing their colleagues quit makes them want to do the same. By futureproofing your talent streams, effectively growing your future employees through schools, you’re better placed to weather labour shortages.

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