For the love of the profession!

Project #G.A.S.T.

Find your dream job?

Professionals are in great demand in the hotel industry and in the personnel-intensive hospitality sector. Hoteliers & restaurateurs and the Verkehrsverein Schmallenberger Sauerland would like to join forces to tackle the important future task of "securing skilled workers". This is exactly where the project #G.A.S.T. comes in!

Better networking of the actors, increase of employee satisfaction and a long-term binding of the skilled workers to the employer or to the region are the goals of the 18-month project

Project management:
Elke Spaller

Poststraße 7,
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: +49 2972/9740-13
Fax: +49 2972/9740-26
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TeamCardZahlreiche Benefits und Ermäßigungen für Tourismus-Mitarbeitende

Die neue TeamCard des Projektes #G.A.S.T. ist ab dem 01.05.2022 für alle Toursimus-Mitarbeitende im Schmallenberger Sauerland und der Ferienregion Eslohe erhältlich.

Alle Infos zur TeamCard gibt es auf der Website



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Employee recruitment the fundamental task of providing the company with potentially qualitative workers in line with its needs.

Employee motivation

...refers to the company's influence on the employee in order to motivate him/her to improve or maintain his/her performance and/or performance results.

Employee Retention

...describes the degree of cohesion between the employee on the one hand and the company as a whole on the other.

Project modules


Launch event

The project #G.A.S.T. started on 12.07.18 with a kick-off event in the timber and tourism centre.

Needs assessment

The wishes and expectations of employees and companies regarding the project were determined in a survey.


Plans are currently underway for an advantage card for employees in the leisure, hotel and catering businesses.

Further training

Within the framework of the project, further education and training opportunities are to be created.

Recruitment of young talent

Information days and events at schools are intended to help attract new skilled workers.

Recruiting Film

At the moment a recruiting film is being produced, which will whet the appetite for hotels and restaurants and working in the region.

Press & News


Always up to date...

In the following area you will find current information and press releases about the project #G.A.S.T. and its current project components.

After 20 months of project duration, the skilled worker project #G.A.S.T. has been formally completed in December 2019. Here you will find again a description of the initial situation and project objectives, all measures carried out in the project and a final evaluation as well as an outlook into the future.

Download final report...

Download press report...

#G.A.S.T.- Continuing Education Database

To receive new impulses and to further educate oneself professionally and personally is also of great interest to many employees. The project therefore aims to improve the opportunities for further education and training. In recent weeks, existing offers have been collected and are now bundled and available in our calendar of events. Please register directly with the respective provider.

To the continuing education database


In order to be able to expand the range of courses in the future and thus offer a larger number of seminars for individual specialists, we are dependent on your assistance. You would like to announce an upcoming event or free seminar places for an offer in your company? Do you have ideas and suggestions for further training measures? We would be pleased if you would direct them to us. Please use the query form below and send it completed to

Enquiry/recording form

#G.A.S.T. workshop series completed

An important goal of the project #G.A.S.T. is to sensitize tourism enterprises to the topics of attracting, motivating and retaining skilled workers. From February to June, five workshops were held to sensitise employers to the topic of "long-term securing of skilled workers" and to provide appropriate assistance in the implementation of innovative measures.

Press Release Conclusion Workshop Series

Further training offered by external partners

In the area of further education there are also many offers from external partners. We would like to introduce you to some of them here and recommend them to you:


e.g. handling complaints confidently: 08.10.2019, DEHOGA Akademie NRW (Neuss)


DEHOGA Academy - e-learning portal "hogafit

Learning independent of place and time.

DEHOGA Academy - e-learning portal "hogafit

Kolping Education Consulting

Seminar offer with among others the following topics: Exam preparation, etiquette seminars, complaint management, team building, special offers for the hotel and catering industry. All seminars are available on request.

Kolping Education-Consulting

Project #G.A.S.T. invites pupils to explore the occupational fields

The recruitment of young people is a central theme of our project. It is important now to win the next generation for tomorrow and to attract young people for a sound training in the hotel and catering industry. And so the project #G.A.S.T. together with the project partners DEHOGA Schmallenberg and Schmallenberg Unternehmen Zukunft (SUZ), as well as the Rotary Club offered for the first time a very practical exploration of occupational fields for pupils on 8 November 2018 in the Christine-Koch-Schule in Schmallenberg. In two school hours they had the opportunity to experience and try out very typical professional situations at three different "stations". This was made possible by the owners and trainers of the Familotel Ebbinghof, the Hotel Deimann and the Hotel Rimberg. During the pilot event, they were also available to answer questions and provide information about the training opportunities in their establishments. They also had the opportunity to directly discuss and agree on the possibilities of doing an internship. In the future, we hope to be able to organise further days of exploration through cooperation between companies and schools in the region. The planning for this is in progress. Pupils who would like to find out more about the training on offer or about internships in the hotel and catering industry are welcome to contact the project office.

Press release: Gastro macht Schule

Follow-up reporting: Gastro macht Schule

Needs analysis/survey

A precise needs analysis should lay the foundation and determine the real wishes and expectations of employees and companies for the project. In cooperation with the FH Südwestfalen we developed a questionnaire for employers and employees in summer 2018, which was distributed to the companies.

Numerous questionnaires were returned to us by the beginning of September last year and were evaluated at the Fachhochschule Südwestfalen. The detailed report on the results has already been completed and distributed to all companies and employees. The contents and findings are an important prerequisite for us to be able to continue the project in a demand-oriented and targeted manner.

Download results report...

Cooperation with the career platform

A framework agreement with our project #G.A.S.T. enables participating companies to use the career portal until the end of 2019 without their own cost sharing and without contractual obligation and to place job advertisements free of charge. Herewith we want to react to the current need of our companies to recruit suitable personnel.
The offer with corresponding information on the procedure was received by our companies at the end of last year. If you would like to take advantage of this offer or if you have any questions, please contact us!

More information at

Our project #G.A.S.T. was awarded the Sparkassen Tourismuspreis Westfalen-Lippe 2018. We are very happy about this and thank all partners and sponsors for the successful project so far.

Press release on the Sparkassen Tourism Prize

Gastro-Card & gastronomic experiences

The project actively addresses the issue of "employee benefits" in the hotel and catering industry. At present, we are clarifying the tax law requirements as to which benefits employers and other partners can make available to employees. The aim is to provide employees with various benefits within the industry by issuing an "employee card". Discounts on accommodation and F&B services in partner companies in the region are being considered. In a second step, we would also like to supplement the card with services from leisure providers in the region.

Successful launch event for the #G.A.S.T. project on 12.07.2018

About 50 guests, hoteliers, restaurateurs and employees, accepted the invitation to the kick-off event of the project #G.A.S.T. in the Wood and Tourism Centre in Schmallenberg.

Press release for the kick-off event

Video about the project #G.A.S.T.

Our project clearly explained. The film was made in the context of the nomination for the Sparkassen Tourismuspreis Westfalen-Lippe.


Dream job...

For pupils & interested parties

Are you interested in exciting challenges in a future-oriented industry?
Then an internship/training in hotel and gastronomy is just the right thing for you! In the following you will find an overview of the individual training companies with the respective apprenticeship occupations in the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the holiday region Eslohe

Overview of training companies

Training exchange

Wolfgang Klein, Hotel Klein's meadow | © Foto:

For employees

Are you looking for current job offers in the region? Are you interested in exciting further education and training opportunities?
Then it's worth taking a look at the following selection!

Further Information

Information on the topics of the hotel and catering industry, retention of skilled workers and dream jobs is provided by a large number of associations, federations and institutions. In the following you will find a selection of these.

Federal Competence Centre for Tourism

Karl-Scharfenberg-Str. 53
38229 Salzgitter
Telephone: 05341 875 53400

Fair Job Hotels e.V.

Golf Course 1
78166 Donaueschingen
Phone: 0771-84 -620/ -689
Fax: 0771-84595
E-Mail: Website:


Hammer Landstraße 45
41460 Neuss
Phone: 02131 7518-200
Fax: 02131 7518-201
E-mail: Website:

Schmallenberg Company Future e.V.

Oststr. 3
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: 02972 9611-52
Fax: 02972 9611-54
E-Mail: Website:

ontavio GmbH

Wigeystraße 12a
57368 Lennestadt
Phone: 02723 71888-800
Fax: 02723 71888-899

Ideas or wishes?

Give it to me!

We are always happy to receive fresh ideas and suggestions concerning our project. What's the problem at work? What expectations do you have as an employee or employer? What is particularly important to you in the region? We have an open ear!

Submit an idea...

Project partners


Project executing agency: Verkehrsverein Schmallenberger Sauerland e.V.