With skills shortages being seen across Australia, the hospitality sector is no exception. The industry currently faces training gaps and skills shortages, which the ongoing pandemic will only exacerbate. This hasn’t been helped by the problems within the industry in recent years, where prominent restaurants have been at the forefront of employment scandals.
So, to address these gaps, new youth employment programs are set to start bringing more interest from youth back to the hospitality industry. The Restaurant & Catering Association (R&CA), the peak body for Australia’s hospitality industry, have just launched their new PaTH (Prepare, Trial & Hire) Program.
The program is targeted at 17–24-year old’s. It will help change the dialogue and perceptions surrounding the hospitality industry, so the newer generations feel more encouraged to become a part of the sector.
The R&CA are hoping their initiative will lead to a reignition of passion and excitement for an industry that has been pushed to the edge through the last 18 months. The program is the very first of its kind in Australia. It encourages equal opportunity within the industry, including introducing more young girls and women to opportunities within the sector.
It will give interns the chance to do three days of face-to-face training to learn the vast range of foundational skills necessary for the industry. After this, they will go on to do four weeks of hands-on work experiences. During which time, they will get to work alongside and be mentored by a range of industry professionals and show off the skills they learnt throughout their training.