Hospitality Job Connect courses a hit in regions

Hospo Heroes: WA Food Ambassador chef Don Hancey (left) with renowned Margaret River chef Tony Howell in Geraldton as part of the Job Connect program. Photo: Twitter/@donhancey
Hospo Heroes: WA Food Ambassador chef Don Hancey (left) with renowned Margaret River chef Tony Howell in Geraldton as part of the Job Connect program. Photo: Twitter/@donhancey

Fifty job seekers have signed up to the WA Government's Hospitality Job Connect courses held in Albany and Margaret River, keen to equip themselves with skills that will help them connect with local employers.

During the five-day course, participants complete customer service training, learn barista skills as well as complete TAFE accredited units, their Responsible Service of Alcohol certification and Australian Hotels Association (AHA) COVID-19 hygiene training.

WA Food Ambassador chef Don Hancey has been recruited to lead masterclasses, including hands-on workshops in the kitchen, teaching food safety practices and introducing participants to a career in hospitality.

Hospitality operators will have the opportunity to introduce their business, meet participants and discuss available job openings on the final day.

Tourism Minister David Templeman said labour shortages were "a real concern" for WA businesses.

"The four courses taking place in this round of Hospitality Job Connects are helping to address this issue and upskill locals to meet the demand," he said.

"They're also well timed just ahead of the busy school holiday period and summer peak season, targeting students who have recently finished up their courses as well as local job hunters."

Previous courses in Kununurra, Geraldton and Broome, as well as student programs in Perth have proved popular with people keen to add to their skills and find new employment.

The final Hospitality Job Connect for 2021 is taking place in Mandurah from December 6 to 10.

Find out more about the industry workforce programs at www.tourism.wa.gov.au/work-in-tourism