Free Training to Tackle Hospitality Staff Shortage

Free training in everything from becoming a barista to cooking will be made available as the NSW government moves to plug a critical staff shortage in the hospitality sector.

Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced around 3,000 free training places across 29 different courses at TAFE NSW and other registered training providers, including safe food handling and the responsible service of alcohol (RSA).

He said the move was designed to attract more workers to hospitality venues at a critical time in the sector’s recovery from the pandemic.

“People from all over the state are lining up to get into pubs and clubs, and we want to support those businesses with enthusiastic and skilled staff” he said.

The courses will target trainees such as school-leavers who may want hospitality skills to get a job in the sector as they study at university.

Skills Minister Geoff Lee said the training not only helps businesses staff venues, but it also opens up career opportunities for people looking to make their start in the once again booming hospitality industry.

“There are great career pathways in hospitality — today’s bartender or wait staff can become tomorrow’s pub, bar or restaurant owner” he said.

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