Like what is happening in the tourism sector as a whole, the camping world is not immune to a labor shortage. Campers are asked to understand the situation.
“This is currently the case everywhere in Quebec in several regions,” explains Camping Quebec President and CEO, Simon Tessier. As with the tourism industry in general, the camping world is also suffering from the negative effects of a labor shortage. We must say frankly that In our case, we had difficulty recruiting rescuers for several years. However, in the current situation, camp owners are having difficulty recruiting all the jobs. We can think here of the jobs of receptionist, restaurant chef and maintenance worker, everything becomes a problem.”
Despite this complicated situation, the CEO notes that there is an element that provides a bit of a punch to the game.
“What saves our industry a little bit is that we still have workers who really love the camping industry. They love to be involved. We have seasonal camp workers who are also workers, so we can work there.”
In the face of manpower shortage, owners can sometimes turn to less experienced people for certain jobs.
“I appeal to the camp’s patience. Sometimes camp owners will have to hire young people, who have less experience, says the CEO. I saw this myself during field visits. I happened to be served fairly adequately. I ask people not to be shocked Because it doesn’t work. Our employees want to serve with experienced people. However, I think we should give these newcomers a chance to find their place and gain experience. On top of any other consideration, we want to avoid service outages. In the end, the service will not be bad Very, but again, I am asking people to be patient and tolerant of these new employees.”
Concern about understaffing also affects lifeguards, as some camp sites, despite many job postings, will find themselves without supervisors for their water body.
“There may be closing of the body of water during the summer at certain times or swimming unsupervised. We call on people to be careful and understanding. This situation is not a lack of will on the part of the campers. There is an old saying that says whenever you want, you can, but in the situation we are talking About him now, that is not the case.”
Currently, according to the law in force, if there is no lifesaver, the water body in any type of establishment must be closed. Definitely hard to close to the beach.
Meetings are currently taking place with the authorities to discuss the notorious problem of the shortage of lifeguards and find solutions. However, the primary goal remains to have safe bodies of water.
Make work known
For the CEO, it is difficult to understand the lack of workers in certain jobs.
“To fully understand how labor shortages affect our society so badly, one just needs to think of jobs like receptionist, a very cool position, which remains vacant. Some operators are still looking for it.”
Realizing that people who want to work many hours a week are becoming increasingly scarce, Camping Québec decided to get involved to explain the available jobs.
“We are working on producing content to promote jobs in the camps. We have important attractions to promote. We have to make this fact known if we want people to consider coming to work with us. Often people don’t think about working in the camp just because they are unaware of what awaits them. We will provide Information on our website [www.campingquebec.com]. We will also give our entrepreneurs tools to help them boost careers in their field. Personally, the experiences I had in the camp are among the most informative. »
In conclusion, Mr. Tessier expressed his thanks to the people who are currently working in the camps.
They are an essential cog in the industry.
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