Hospitality partnership drives employment

MEETING the employment requirements of hospitality businesses and delivering strong employment outcomes for participants were the results of a recent hands-on pilot program delivered by Workskills and TasTAFE.

The program saw 80 per cent of the 10 student participants secure sustainable employment in the hospitality sector upon completion of the training.

Two of the participants have even moved on to further training, undertaking the full Certificate III Hospitality qualification.

Workskills employer services manager Matthew Dance said this was a “fantastic result” and a “testament to the collaborative model” that had been developed between Workskills, TasTAFE and local hospitality organisations.

Mr Dance said the pilot was developed in response to demand for suitably trained workers in the local hospitality sector.

“This collaborative approach was based on industry feedback that there was a significant gap between entry-level requirements for working in the sector versus job seekers actively seeking hospitality-related employment,” he said.

“There has been significant support for the training model, particularly in reference to it being a fantastic method of sourcing suitable and motivated hospitality workers.”

TasTAFE Drysdale south education manager Jane Richardson said Workskills and TasTAFE were able to successfully mentor and support the students through the pilot program from start to finish.

She said the program continually linked their learning to the requirements for working in the hospitality sector.

“Local hospitality businesses were consulted throughout the pre-screening and training process, as their direction and guidance was pivotal to the pilot’s overall success,” she said.

The training program also included a work placement in a hospitality venue which was tailored to meet both student and employer requirements.

Based on the success of the pilot, Mr Dance said Workskills and TasTAFE would continue to work collaboratively in developing and facilitating similarly targeted training programs tailored to meet the needs of employers in the local hospitality sector.

“Local businesses will continue to drive what programs are developed,” he said.

“As such, we strongly encourage any organisations interested to make contact and discuss how we can all work together to address the need for suitably trained hospitality workers.”

For more information, contact Carmen Walpole at Workskills on 6262 5400 or email jobs@workskills.org.au.

Caption: Workskills jobseeker Isabella Devereux, left, secured employment through the program at The Central Hotel. Pictured with venue manager John Kalbfell.