GREATER BOSTON CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU LAUNCHING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM WITH TOURISM DIVERSITY MATTERS (TDM)

TOURISM DIVERSITY MATTERS TDM

A Collaboration to Support Workforce Development and Economic
Enhancements Within the Tourism and Hospitality Industry

BOSTON, MA – September 6, 2022 – The Greater Boston Convention and
Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is partnering with Tourism Diversity Matters
(TDM) to support the GBCVB’s inaugural apprenticeship program. The
collaboration is designed to support workforce development and economic
enhancements within the tourism and hospitality industry.

“Destinations now play an essential role in workforce development,”
said GBCVB CEO, Martha J. Sheridan.  “We are so proud to be working
with Tourism Diversity Matters and pioneering this work in Boston, with
our core values of equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion
underpinning the entire model.”

TDM’s Apprenticeship Program is a 600-hour paid rotational opportunity
for diverse professionals interested in tourism and hospitality careers.
The apprentices gain experience in various areas, including event
management, marketing, communications, public relations, sales, finance,
sports management, and more.   At the end of the program, the apprentice
is offered a full-time position with the program host or another
participating partner.

“The program, originally launched in Philadelphia more than two
decades ago,” states Greg DeShields, executive director of Tourism
Diversity Matters. “Currently, TDM has Apprenticeship Programs in
Columbus, OH; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; and Minneapolis, MN. We
continue to expand and will soon have programs in Philadelphia, PA;
Houston, TX; and New York City.”

The GBCVB apprenticeship program with TDM is slated to begin in
September and will include an extensive training session conducted by
the GBCVB to ensure proper support for the candidate.  Ultimately the
apprentice will experience three rotations, the first with the GBCVB,
followed by two additional rotations with industry partners selected by
the GBCVB.  The entire apprenticeship will end on December 30, 2022.

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