Training opportunities: Strong working relati...
Training opportunities

Strong working relationship

Photo: Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center and its trade show labour partners are building upon their already strong working relationship with the launch of a joint initiative – believed to be the only one of its kind in the country – dedicated to expanding and building upon existing training programs in the areas of safety, development of technical skills, and customer-service and hospitality.

„We are fortunate to have a team of labour partners that appreciate and understand the importance of delivering the best possible experience“
John McNichol, president & CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority
The new Hospitality Industry Advancement Trust (HIAT) Fund represents a partnership between the management of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the organisations responsible for providing show floor labour to the facility's customers. The HIAT Fund will support enhanced training opportunities focused in three general categories: "Safety, Skills, and Smiles". "The signatory labour unions of the Pennsylvania Convention Center are proud to be participating in the new Hospitality Industry Advancement Trust", said Michael J. Barnes, 1st international vice president of the International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees and Chair of the HIAT Fund Board. "We are fortunate to have a team of labour partners that appreciate and understand the importance of delivering the best possible experience to our trade show, event, convention, and meeting customers", said John McNichol, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. The Pennsylvania Convention Center and its trade show labour partners have established a method of ensuring the trust receives consistent funding – approximately $250,000 to $400,000 per year – to meet the ongoing and evolving training needs of its workforce. The trade show labour unions will make a donation to the fund for every hour worked with a union member, an amount that will then be matched by the Pennsylvania Convention Center's management.

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