The Working Holiday Club Powder Pack
It goes without saying that Canada is renowned around the world for its unforgettable winter seasons. Deep powder, thriving nightlife, untracked terrain and breathtaking scenery are what make it so special. Whether you’re taking the plunge alone or with a group of mates our Powder Package is your one-stop service to the most memorable experience of your life!
What makes our Powder Package even more attractive is that your employment contract will be secured before you commit to purchasing any flights or travel insurance. That’s right! We fly the HR managers from Canada out to interview you in your home country
This year its your turn to take the plunge! Don’t let another year pass being the one that’s viewing everyone else’s travel updates, photos & posts! Canada 2018...Let’s Do It!
Whats Not Included
REFERENCE LETTERS – WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU REQUIRE?We would like you to provide us with a maximum of one page, the minimum of two paragraph, the document on a company letterhead, or at very least with the employer’s business card. This will outline your length of employment, skills, duties, responsibilities, work attitude and their personal reflections on your work ethic and presence within their team.**Please Note: Not all partners provide free season lift passes, particularly some hotels. Please check with The Working Holiday Club™ specialist team if your preferred employer comes with a free season lift pass.
WHY CAN I GET A WORKING VISA FOR CANADA WHEN I'M 18 BUT I AM NOT ABLE TO JOIN YOUR PROGRAM?
Why do I have to be 19? The majority of 18-year-old applicants are fresh out of school and don't have enough personal savings and maturity to leave home and hold down a job overseas. Canadian employers are concerned that 18-year-olds won't take this opportunity seriously and might fail at their commitments, compared to their older counterparts.
The majority of references supplied by 18-year-olds are from high schools, which, compared to earlier applicant references from employers, sets them at a serious disadvantage right off the bat!
We have found the success rate of applicants 19 and older is exponentially higher & TWHC is about setting our candidates up for success.
Again, we're talking about the majority of 18-year-olds, not all... but ultimately we had to draw a line in the sand... so you must be 19 by the time of the interviews in your home country!
If you are 18 and want to do this program, get a job, work hard and save your money, and call us after your 19th birthday, or before if you have your birthday before interviews, and we'll get you sorted!
CAN I APPLY FOR CANADA PROGRAMS IF I AM A UNI STUDENT?Yes... but be aware that Canadian employers consider university students pathological liars because they rarely commit to the entire season/job contract. Because of the poor reputation of uni students, applicants are required to obtain 'letters of deferment' to prove their commitment to this program and employment.If you are a uni student, remember that this experience is for potential employment for up to two years... don't waste this opportunity by only coming for six months, as the visa criteria have changed and recurring visas are now no longer available!Need clarification? Give us a call... we'll help walk you through it!
WHAT IS THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE IN CANADA?
It’s different across the country. British Columbia is 19, Alberta is 18. Should you travel to the United States while working in Canada, you will need to obtain an ESTA visa to enter, and be aware that their drinking age is 21. There can be severe consequences should you be caught underage drinking!
IS MY CURRENT RSA QUALIFICATION RECOGNISED IN CANADA?No. Should applicants be working in any food and beverage role, an online certification will need to be obtained before arrival to commence employment. Each province in Canada has their version of RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol). This information will be clarified during this program, along with any other certifications.
CAN I JUST DO IT MYSELF?ou can. However, it’s extremely risky and no doubt costly. The Resorts & Hotels have staffing needs of hundreds of employees and can’t leave it until the last minute to do their hiring in case they fall short. Subsequently, they use The Working Holiday Club™ to handle their candidate flow for international hires (overall hiring numbers for Canadian employees are carefully monitored and tracked by the Canadian Gov – there's not a bottomless pit for internationals to work in Canada).You might be able to score yourself a job at one of the local grocery stores, bakeries or restaurants, but without guaranteed hours, at $10.00 per hour, if you are only getting 15 hours per week that’s not even going to pay for your rent if you are not living in staff housing.Here are some factors to take into consideration if you have decided to do it yourself.You will need to secure your work visa fast as their quotas are reached earlier each year.If you decide to work at a ski resort, you will need to have accommodation before the resort offers you position.If you manage to secure employment with a local grocery or retail outlet on the mountain, your accommodation will be very expensive if any is even available for you to rent on min wage.You will need to fork out as much as $1800 for a season ski lift pass – local shops very rarely can offer you an annual pass for free.You will need to budget for a minimum of three weeks in a hostel while you jobs huntFor your interviews, you will need to travel to the resorts and pay for accommodation and flights. Very costly.In a nutshell, those that DIY faces accommodation issues, ski lift pass cost, a lack of consistent and reliable work, and expensive interview travel expenses!The Working Holiday Club™ offers you the security to have everything pre-arranged so that you have peace of mind when arriving in Canada. You're also guaranteed:instant incomefree season lift passa roof over your headlegal visasafe arrival into your new homeAll you need to think about is what drink you're going to order at the Meet and Greet Party on arrival!
HOW DO I MEET OTHER APPLICANTS BEFORE ARRIVAL?We have specific and exclusive closed Facebook groups set up for each resort/hotel. It doesn't sound like much, but when you pool all these various applicants into one social environment, you're pooling lots of other peoples' experiences and stories.Many applicants organise to meet up in their cities with others before interviews, and then once job contracts are finalized, organize to travel with other crew mates on the same flights. Leaving home & family and arriving into a foreign country is less intimidating with a posse of mates beside you!Not to mention, it also helps to know some names (even if only socialise online) on arrival to Canada.
IS A TWHC REPRESENTATIVE IN CANADA WHEN I ARRIVE?Yes... we have a desk within the Samesun Hostel so we will meet you on arrival. We also host orientations to help you set up your Social Insurance Number (SIN), bank account and sim card, and much more, which will assist the transition into your new home country a breeze. The Working Holiday Club™ representative will also host the meet and greet drinks with the other staff heading to the same location as yourself, so you get to make some new mates before heading up to your resort/hotel.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM NOT OFFERED A JOB?Should you not be offered a position by one of our resorts, TWHC will, where possible, provide alternate employment opportunities and set up secondary interviews for you. We will continue to do this until all options are exhausted. Once all attempts at locating a job are exhausted we will refund the program fee (less your deposit).Should you decide to 'drop out' due to the fact, you weren't offered a role at your first preference location, or your travelling partners were offered positions, and you weren't, you will forfeit your program fee. We are committed to finding you work in Canada... For us, the process is not completed until all avenues are thoroughly exhausted.
CAN I SPECIFY A PARTICULAR POSITION THAT I WANT TO APPLY FOR?You sure can! Once your application fee has been finalised and you have completed your online application, you will be asked to answer our skills-based assessment test, where you can put forward your application for a particular position. However, as certain positions are very popular, you may wish to consider listing some different preferences. Remember, flexibility is an attractive trait for all employers!The job you applied for might have many other applying for it as well, so consider the role and your suitability carefully. For example, many people apply for lift operator roles... those people who have worked outside previously or in labouring roles will have a distinct advantage over those who have never had a physical job. Reading and understanding job descriptions and how they will apply to you is incredibly important when considering jobs for six months or more.Consider if you are fit for the role – if you have previous experience. Some roles start early and finish early. Again, read and research the roles you are interested in.Ask your Working Holiday Club™ recruitment manager if you have any questions or require clarification.
WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Our Canadian resort partners love the international flair our participants bring to their ski resorts and the experiences they provide for their guests. As long as you are over 19, hardworking, outgoing, friendly and eager to be in Canada (and are available for the entire season) you should not have any problems. University students and those in the middle of their studies should consider the USA ski resorts as four-month visas are welcomed. While some jobs require particular skills and experience, many provide full training on-site. Cash handling experience, if applying for ticket sales positions, or bar/wait experience in hospitality positions, would obviously be an asset, and you can never go wrong with customer service skills in almost any position.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AGE OF SKI RESORT WORKERS?International ski resort employees age from 19 – 35 but keep in mind that local staff, particularly supervisors and managers, can be older than this. It sounds cliche, but it's a state of mind, not age!
DO I NEED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE AT SKIING / BOARDING TO WORK IN A SKI RESORT?In most positions, you will not need to have skied in your life before. Some of our applicants have never even seen the snow before! However, lift operations & some instructor positions will need you to have experience on the slopes to be considered for a position.Kicking Horse Ski Resort requires lift operators to be at least intermediate or advanced skiers or riders. The terrain at this resort is quite advanced, and there is minimal beginner terrain here.
CAN I GO WITH A FRIEND OR PARTNER?
Yes, you can. We understand moving to the other side of the world can be a little daunting, and we strive to ensure we give you and your friends/partners the best possible opportunity of working together. That is why, in your application, you can note who you will be travelling with. Ultimately the decision is the interviewers', and we cannot guarantee you will both receive a job offer. As we mentioned earlier, be flexible with your job options, and we are confident we will be able to place you and your friends together.Be aware the larger the group of travellers, the greater the chance of someone not being offered a role. This was also applied to couples – one is stronger than the other. There is always 'one person' in the group that isn't as sharp or as focused. The resort or hotel interviewers have no qualms deciding who they offer roles to, and who they don't. This is a brutal reality... the info here is to help prepare you.
SKI RESORT JOBS WINTER 2018
- PARKING ATTENDANT
- LEAD COOK
- HOTEL MAINTENANCE WORKER
- WAREHOUSE ATTENDANT
- SOUS CHEF
- RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE
- RENTAL ATTENDANT
- PREP COOK
- LIFT OPERATOR
- BELL PERSON
- ROOM ATTENDANT
- GUEST SERVICES AGENT
- DAYCARE ASSISTANT
- REVENUE REPRESENTATIVE
- TICKET SELLER / VALIDATION HOST
- SKI SCHOOL SALES HOST
- CASHIER – RETAIL OR FOOD & BEVERAGE
- HUT BISTRO WORKE
- FOOD STATION SERVER
- NIGHT AUDIT
- RESERVATION AGENT
SKI RESORTS & HOTELS WINTER 2018
- WHISTLER BLACKCOMB
- LAST FRONTIER HELISKIING
- CYPRESS MOUNTAIN
- MT NORQUAY BANFF
- KICKING HORSE
- SILVER STAR
- BIG WHITE
- GROUSE MOUNTAIN
- SUNSHINE VILLAGE
- LAKE LOUISE
- WESTIN RESORT WHISTLER
- FOUR SEASONS - WHISTLER
- BULLDOG HOTEL
- RIMROCK HOTEL
SKI RESORTS & HOTELS SUMMER 2018
We are excited to announce the addition of Lake Louise Resort - Banff to our resort offerings in 2017.
- Whistler Blackcomb - Job Descriptions can be found here
- The Four Seasons Resort Whistler - Job Descriptions can be found here
- Banff Gondola
Minnewanka Lake Cruise
Jasper Ice fields Adventures
- Lake Louise Resort - Banff (See Below)
- Kicking Horse Mountain Resort: - Positions Include
3. Lift Attendant (Mountain Operations)
4. Bike Rental Technican
SKI RESORT JOBS SUMMER 2018
Summer Resort Roles include:
- Lift Operations
- Food and Beverage Cashier
- Rental Cashier
- Retail Sales Staff
- Food and Beverage Busser
- Food and Beverage Food Server
- Retail (previously proven sales experience an asset)
- Bike Repair (previous experience required)
- Conference Facilities Food & Beverage
- Front Desk (Previous hotel experience required)
* No previous hotel-related experience is required for most roles as training is offered for all positions.
SKI RESORT STAFF HOUSINGMany people say finding a place to live is the most challenging part of relocating to a ski town for the winter. Because the goal of most ski areas is to house and feed as many visitors as possible during the winter months, employee housing is often limited and expensive. Some resort employers provide or arrange to the house for their workers; newcomers to the industry may want to target these companies when looking for a job.Most of the resorts offer staff housing, making us the top agency to work with
Easy, we fly the HR managers to your home country to interview you face-to-face so you will 100% have a full-time job contract in your hand before you even book your flights to Canada!
Through our extensive partnerships with reputable employers across Canada, we can offer the Job Guarantee service.
- Our resort & hotel partners provide us with the exact number of positions to fill each season
- Our partners will interview you face-to-face before you leave your home country
- Our partners provide you with you formal job contracts, HR documents, start dates, rate of pay and the position you were accepted for months before your departure date
Unlike our competitors in the industry, we do not take applications and then proceed to find a suitable employment – we already have the job you're looking for.
INTERVIEW & START DATESApplications For Both Winter & Summer Seasons Open In October
Interviews For Summer – Late March / Early April
- Applications For Summer Close In Mid-march
Applications For Winter Close Early June (Or When All Job Roles Have Been Allocated)
- Most Summer Positions Commence Early June
Majority Of Winter Jobs To Commence Early To Mid-November
- Interviews In Australia – Mid-june (Predominantly Face-to-face Interviews)
- Interviews In New Zealand – Early July In Set Locations Both In North And South Islands
- Interviews In London – Late July / Early August
- Interviews In Europe (Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark) – Late July / Early August
TERMS CONDITIONS & REFUND POLICY
Terms Conditions & Refund Policy
- Applicants will be sent The Working Holiday Club™ Terms & Conditions which need to be read, understood and signed before the commencement of the program. Any questions... let us know... we are very clear about what we offer and what we don't... so should you need clarification, ASK!
- Once these T&C's are signed (online) and the program has commenced, should applicants drop out or no longer want to continue, all money paid, be it partial or full payment, is not refundable.
- Once candidates have secured employment and commenced work at the resort/hotel, The Working Holiday Cub™ will not interfere with the working relationship. We are a facilitator of the working relationship not the mediator.
- Each candidate is responsible for purchasing travel insurance which includes cancellation policy cover.
- The Terms and Conditions must be siigned prior to payments made.
RESORT AND TRAVEL AGENTS REFERENCES
Industry References, so you know you're in safe hands!
Whistler Blackcomb Reference:
We have partnered with TWHC for 10 years now. We have worked with a few agencies over the years and now use TWHC exclusively. With honest two-way communication, the team really understands our business & consistently delivers top candidates for us to meet. Extremely organised & efficient, our time is always well spent & this has proven to be the most effective way to recruit great people. The team are true professionals & I would recommend them to anyone.
Silver Star Reference:
Silver Star have been working with The Working Holiday Club for many years now to assist us with our hiring. It is a challenge for any company to recruit large numbers of employees season after season, however, with the assistance of The Working Holiday Club we are able to fill these positions with a professional, reliable, engaged employee team. We feel that The Working Holiday Club are industry leaders in recruiting employees within the ski industry. The team at The Working Holiday Club understand the needs of each resort that they partner with, offering an honest service to both employer and employee. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Working Holiday Club as a friendly, welcoming and trustworthy company to work with.
Flight Centre Group Plc Reference:
This email is to acknowledge that Flight Centre Travel Group and The Working Holiday Club have been working together for over 5 years.
During this time we've found TWHC to be a solid, ethical, and completely above-board organisation, and furthermore have a strong business relationship with. We strongly value the partnership between our two organisations, and rely heavily on TWHC to provide our customers with a honest, and seamless customer experience.Our relationship extends across all retail brands within the Flight Centre Travel Group, including but not limited to Flight Centre, Student Flights, Escape Travel, and My Adventure Store.
WHAT MAKES THE POWDER PACK THE BEST?We have the best ski resortsWe have the best ski resorts jobsWe have the best interview processsWe are the preferred working holiday agency for large companies like Flight Centre, Student Flights (Austalia and New Zealand) and Kilroy International (Europe). We are also the most significant areas likeWhsiter Blackcomb, failure to deliver what we say we will do is not an option. Having these partnerships for ten years indicates we are the best because we do what we say we will doFor 10 years Major resort trust us with international hiringHere is link to Whister Blackcomb showing an offical partnershipFor 10 year Major travel agents trust with to to be ethical and honest and do what we say we will do