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Train Up and Skill Up in Hospitality – Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Train Up and Skill Up in Hospitality – Skilling Queenslanders for Work

BUSY At Work today announced they will be delivering training opportunities to Brisbane’s hospitality industry under round two of the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

The program ‘Train Up and Skill Up’ is part of the government’s funded initiative and 4 year commitment to Community Work Skills and will provide training pathways support for disadvantaged job seekers.

Train Up and Skill Up will be delivered within industry as a combination of Certificate II and III with either the option of Food and Beverage or Housekeeping. Participants will be assessed to ensure the best job match.

BUSY At Work CEO, Paul Miles said he was pleased to be delivering the project with industry.

“BUSY’s established working relationship with industry placed us in an ideal positon to deliver the Train Up and Skill Up program.

“The projects key objective is to train and practically skill unemployed and under-employed people in the Hospitality Industry which always requires employees in service level jobs.

“Skilling the participants to achieve employment outcomes is the number one project priority and this will be achieved through the support of the RTO, host employers and BUSY’s management,” Mr Miles said.

There will be two streams of participants under the program; Certificate II, for participants who are not currently employed and Certificate III, for under-utilised/under-employed workers within the hospitality industry that with further skills training and a formal qualification will gain more hours leading to full time positions.

BUSY At Work Program Manager, Pauline Grant-Smith said all practical skill development will take place within licenced venues.

“The delivery of training will take place at Hotel Jen in the Brisbane CBD. The participants will then have the opportunity to complete work experience in the Emporium, Next and the Stamford Plaza Hotels which may help provide additional credibility when they are applying for employment opportunities”.

Mr Grant-Smith said the host employers will also have the opportunity to meet with the participants whilst engaged in work placement, watch their progress and offer employment opportunities.

Job outcomes will be in food services, restaurant service, and housekeeping, cleaning, bar operations and in any industry that has a hospitality need including Aged Care and Health.

Hon Yvette D’Ath, Training and Skills Minister, said that the program supported disadvantaged job seekers to improve their skills and find pathways to full-time work.

“This is all about giving people the right skills and getting them into jobs.

“The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative puts communities in the driving seat through a partnership with government to grow local employment opportunities, encourage greater social inclusion and assist people needing extra support to enter the workforce”.

Mrs D’Ath said more than 5900 people across Queensland would be supported by more than $30 million injected into community groups in round two to fund skill development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged people.

She said Work Start incentives offer a one-off financial incentive of $2000 to private sector employers if they employ a Queenslander who has participated in a SQW project in a traineeship or apprenticeship.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides skills development, training and job opportunities to unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.

For more information go to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work web page or call 13 28 79

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator

0438 173 960

leanne.macnamara@busyatwork.com.au

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