Advantage Work and Study(Tourism and Hospitality) Program

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This is a program that is truly unique to Whistler and was inspired by the culture and lifestyle that surrounds this special resort. We hope to introduce and inform students about “World’s largest and oldest industry” and ensure that succeed. Our goal is to combine a first rate education with the training  from experts to ensure that students will have the most rewarding experience. Students who enter our Work and Study (Tourism and Hospitality) Program will have several advantages. The Sea to Sky region is a mecca for adventures and nature-lover and draws people from all areas of the globe. It is a four season resort and almost every sporting activity can be enjoyed while hosting several world class events throughout the year.  In addition, the region has became a centre for Tourism and Hospitality and is the idea place to understand the industry while being surrounded by true experts. Students have the opportunity to network with specialists and business leaders in their fields which can lead to new opportunities and future their potential. 

We promise that we will do everything we can to make your learning experience in North America ‘s #1 Ski Resort. one that is full of memories, achievement and personal growth.



Course Objectives

The object of the program is for students to gain an understanding of the Tourism and Hospitality through classroom study and gain practical skills through a work experience component for their career I the tourism, hospitality and/or the customer service industry. Upon completion of the program students will have gained an appreciation for the industry and its relationship to the economy. More specifically students will have better developed his/her communication skills, have deeper cultural awareness will be prepared to provide exceptional gust services and management and will have a grasp of basic marketing skills.

Course Description

Our Tourism and Hospitality Program is a work-study or “co-op” program designed so that students are able to gain experience in careers related to tourism and hospitality such as in sales/retail, tour guiding, spa/esthetic services and restaurant /food services. The course touches on a variety of topics related to employment from start to finish. This course offers a ‘best of both world’ approach; getting paid while training in the field of your choice. A “once in a lifetime” work experience held in the world-renowned resort of Whistler awaits students who are enrolled in this program.

Program Outline

Course Description 12month Course

Curriculum (hrs)

To introduce students to Whistler, its history, geography, climate, visitors, tourist attractions, and job opportunities.  To instroduce students to important components of tourism: transportation, accommodation, attractions, events, adventure and outdoor recreation, entertainment, and retail.

2 Global and local Tourism and Hospitality 

The next unit explores tourism on a global level, introducing the magnitude of world tourism and the vast number of organizations which serve the needs of the various groups associated worldwide and nationally in this massive industry.  Authors of our textbook, Goeldner and Ritchie, state that “The complex organization of tourism involves literally thousands of units.”  We will touch on this large topic, and then move on to the organization of passenger transportation, hospitality and related services, the distribution process, and attractions, entertainment, recreation, and other tourist draws.

3 The Culture, Sociology, and Psychology of Travel

In the next unit, we will study consumer motivation, looking at a range of ideas, concepts, and studies on pleasure travel motivation.  Keeping in mind that travel experiences are the best way to learn about other cultures, we will enhance our knowledge of the significant influence that international travel has on the understanding and appreciation of other people.

4 Preparing for Work Placements

In the next unit, we will study consumer motivation, looking at a range of ideas, concepts, and studies on pleasure travel motivation.  Keeping in mind that travel experiences are the best way to learn about other cultures, we will enhance our knowledge of the significant influence that international travel has on the understanding and appreciation of other people.

5 Customer Service

In Block 5, we will be looking at the basic principles of customer services, as well as the specific skills needed in the hotel, food service, and food preparation industries, and customer service in all aspects of tourism and hospitality. If there’s any place where customers are likely to be paying attention to the type of service they receive, it’s within the hospitality industry. From restaurants to hotels, to spas, adventure activities and attractions, your job as a hospitality service provider is to maintain customer happiness and satisfaction. Keeping your customers at the forefront of your operational plans will almost always ensure success.

6 Business Skills for Tourism and Hospitality 

This block will further explore customer service, the “servicescape”, the impact of technology, service recovery, first impressions, phone skills, building rapport with customers, and the role of the internet.  The most in-demand skills that employers crave are the elusive “soft skills”–the intangible but important qualities that enable you to work and interact with the people around you effectively. These traits include leadership, self-awareness, communication skills, and emotional intelligence.

7 Restaurant Industry

In this two-weeks block, we will learn a little about various aspects of the restaurant industry, from management to front-of-house duties, kitchen jobs and procedures, as well as maintenance.  Students will also learn about some aspects of food preparation, as well as service, storage, food safety, allergies, and people who are high-risk for food-borne illnesses.  When the casual observer thinks about restaurants, they are obviously aware that food preparation and serving are important in this business.  However, there are other responsibilities that are not quite so apparent, for example, Hospitality accounting, cost controls, and legal aspects and insurance; Marketing, sales, and public relations; Food service safety and sanitation, purchasing, and storage.

8 Impact of Tourism 

Tourism is a powerful economic force providing employment, income and tax revenue.  In many places, tourism is looked at as the new economic generator replacing declining activity in agriculture, mining, and manufacturing.  All tourism destinations must now confront: (1) the growing competition from established and emerging destinations, and (2) the pressure to maintain the ecological integrity of regions affected by tourism. The development of policies to handle the competitiveness and sustainability of tourist destinations is essential.  In this block, we will take a comprehensive look at this topic with a view to becoming informed on these critical issues. We will look in detail at policy, planning, ecotourism, and we will spend more time on tourism research, marketing, and finally, the future of tourism.

9 Resort Events Management

Students will be expected to perform 32 hours (8 x 4 hours) of “Resort Events” volunteer work. Plus 8 hours to complete written report on each experience. The school will assist in making suggestions, contacting coordinators/organizers of these events.  However, students may make their own contacts and arrangements if they wish, however, the activity must be pre-approved by the school.  There is almost always something special going on in the Whistler Village, everything from large festivals to athletic events and arts performances.

10 Preparation for graduation

This Block is entirely dedicated to providing students with an opportunity to demonstrate what they have assimilated and embraced in the first 9 blocks of the course. The first assignment is an essay, or final paper, on a topic of the student’s choice.  The topic must be on the subject of Tourism & Hospitality.  The second assignment is a “hands-on” project, and must take the form of a creative endeavor (for example, a video, a piece of art,  a dramatic piece, an advertisement, a board game, or other).  The goal is to provide students with a creative avenue to show their interest and enthusiasm for what they have learned about the Tourism & Hospitality industry.  Like Block 9, this information will be provided very early in the course so students are aware of this requirement throughout the program.

Total 480


Work Experience

Spend six months of practical expenses at our desired workplace from alliance partners. Students are assigned to appropriate sites and supported by the school staff.

Total 480
Admission Requirements

Before admission to Advantage English School E/J can be granted, the following requirements must be met:  Please see Admission Requirements

Course duration

12 Month Course Class 480 Hours, Work Experience(paid) 480 Hours.

Lesson / Week

4 Hours/Day x 5 Days   – 20 Hours/Week

Completion Requirements

Must obtain a minimum passing grade of 70%

Attendance Expectations

Attendance must be above 70%

Please see School Policy


Advantage Work and Study(Tourism and Hospitality) Program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

“Students who enroll in a language program which is six months or less in duration or for which tuition is less than $4,000 may not make a claim against the Student Tuition Protection Fund, which is managed by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.  Further, this language program may not have been reviewed or approved by PTIB”.