Reimbursing tuition reinforces development

Sheraton hotel, EllisDon and BMO show hows, whys of tuition coverage
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/22/2010

Having introduced a tuition reimbursement program a few years ago, the Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel made some tweaks to the program in 2006 to make it more attractive. That included raising the amount from $500 to $1,000 or $1,500, depending on tenure.

Back then, the employment market meant “everybody was fighting for any sort of talent and it certainly became a lot more of a tool that we used,” says Peter Enders, regional director of human resources at Larco Hospitality Management for the Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel and Vancouver Airport Marriott.

To qualify, people must have worked at the Sheraton hotel for at least one year and, for hourly associates, a minimum of 35 hours per week. Those who have been there for up to three years receive $1,000 while those with longer tenure receive $1,500, so the reimbursement acts as somewhat of an incentive for people to stay longer, says Enders.