The Hospitality Workers Training Centre works closely with Toronto’s hospitality employers to understand the skill requirements for in-demand, entry-level positions and provides training designed to assist individuals who experience barriers to employment to effectively transition into these positions. During COVID-19, and in response to the devastating impact this pandemic has had on hospitality workers and employers, HWTC pivoted its services and activities to a Rapid Response Strategy, focused on 3 phases of impact: Phase 1 – Crisis Response, assisting displaced workers and impacted employers to meet basic needs through referrals, coaching and counselling; Phase 2 – Recovery, supporting workers and employers to prepare for recovery through upskilling and retraining, Phase 3 – Re-Entry support for workers and employers to re-engage and perform effectively in a post-COVID industry.
The donation from the Scheinberg Relief Fund has enabled the Hospitality Workers Training Centre to re-animate its commercial kitchen and talented staff and direct its energy towards addressing food insecurity within its community, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Partnering with Second Harvest, HWTC produces 3000 meals a week for distribution by 10 front-line agencies servicing homeless individuals and families. This funding will result in the production and distribution of 48,000 meals to Toronto’s most vulnerable citizens.