State Government hospitality course puts Albany job hunters on fast track to finding employment

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Hospitality students Alex Rolph, Kate Schwarzbach and Jasmine Stephenson with WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey at The Old Dairy.
Camera IconHospitality students Alex Rolph, Kate Schwarzbach and Jasmine Stephenson with WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey at The Old Dairy. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

A fast-track hospitality course that has found success in the Kimberley and Mid West came to Albany last week to help local job-hunters get a leg-up in the industry.

Tourism Minister David Templeman joined 28 Albany job-hunters at their session last Wednesday at The Old Dairy in Torbay.

On a whirlwind trip to the region, Mr Templeman also hosted a tourism industry roundtable for local businesses to have their say on practical initiatives to boost tourism ahead of WA reopening its borders.

WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey with hospitality students at The Old Dairy Torbay.
Camera IconWA Food Ambassador Don Hancey with hospitality students at The Old Dairy Torbay. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The free five-day WA Government Hospitality Job Connect course followed successful runs in Kununurra, Geraldton and Broome.

Jobseekers gained experience in customer service training, learned barista skills, earned complete TAFE-accredited units, and gained responsible service of alcohol certification and Australia Hotels Association COVID-19 hygiene training.

WA food ambassador and chef Don Hancey stopped by the course to lead a masterclass for students, while hospitality operators joined participants on Friday to talk about their businesses and work opportunities.

Future hospitality employee Jasmine Stephenson, WA food ambassador Don Hancey, business owners Leanne Hortin and Nilla Spark, and Tourism Minister David Templeman.
Camera IconFuture hospitality employee Jasmine Stephenson, WA food ambassador Don Hancey, business owners Leanne Hortin and Nilla Spark, and Tourism Minister David Templeman. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Mr Templeman said labour shortages were a real concern for businesses across regional WA.

“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.”

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