New training program boosts opportunities for local job seekers in the hospitality industry

16/05/2022

A new pilot program to train people in hospitality aims to match newly-skilled staff with employers as the first step in helping address a shortage of hospitality and tourism workers in the Singleton local government area (LGA).

Singleton Council has developed the fully-funded Hospitality Skills Pilot Program in partnership with Training Services NSW and Work Savvy which will offer training to 20 participants in response to the skills needs identified by hospitality and tourism operators across the LGA for more appropriately-trained staff to help run their businesses. 

Vicki Brereton, Council’s Director Organisation and Community Capacity said people interested in working in the hospitality industry – whether they were school leavers, returning to work or considering a career change – should submit an expression of interest and attend the sign-up day at Singleton Arts and Culture Centre on Thursday 26 May to be considered for the program.

Training modules include: responsible service of alcohol, use of hygienic practices for food safety, prepare and serve espresso coffee as well as work experience at a local venue.

“We know our hospitality business owners are looking for great local staff to put on their rosters, and this innovative new program provides job seekers with the training they need to ensure they’re job-ready,” she said.

“Best of all, those who successfully complete the program will receive the opportunity to meet with local employers, connecting them directly with our local businesses. 

“Whether you’re a school leaver, returning to work after a break or having a child, or just looking for a career change and want to get your foot in the door in the hospitality industry, I encourage you to submit an expression of interest and get involved in this fantastic training opportunity.”

Participants will be required to attend one day of training per week over a five-week period. To submit an expression of interest, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J6GFQVQ. For more information about the sign-up day at the Singleton Arts and Culture Centre, visit singleton.nsw.gov.au

The Hospitality Skills Pilot Program is the pilot step in connecting training programs with local Singleton workers and employers and will help to inform more long-term future hospitality programs, as well as address shorter term needs of local hospitality and tourism industries. The Program is funded by the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program.

For more information about the program, contact Council’s Employment Pathways Advisor Riki Ward on 02 6578 7290 or email council@singleton.nsw.gov.au