Saying it's a key to Guam's economic workforce, the governor, the labor department and the hotel and restaurant association unveiled a new "pre-apprenticeship program" meant to boost employee skills in the service industry.

"What it is is its identifying skills that are needed in the hotel and restaurant industry and providing an opportunity for people who are either unemployed, displaced or even incumbent workers that can take advantage of this pre-apprenticeship program and they get trained in the area of their interest," Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said. 


Currently, there are 284 individuals in the program and more on a waiting list. Labor Director David Delll'isola says they've been working closely with the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association to tap into the needs of the top industry of tourism.


"This was the last of our cog that we needed to get," he said. "We've made so much inroads in the contstruction, the ship repair, the automotive, and nursing, the allied health, that this program fits perfectly, and we've been working very hard with mary to get the hospitality industry into the fold."

He says in the past year GDOL has placed more than a thousand people into pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.