A new program is working to beat the region’s rising youth unemployment while filling job vacancies for the sectors most in demand.
Ticket to Work will run across the region to help participants gain the skills for a job in the retail, tourism or hospitality sectors – which have all been identified as suffering a shortage of trained staff.
The program will run in Warrnambool through South West Victorian SEAL and through Portland Worksills and Southern Grampians Adult Education and Community College in Hamilton.
South West Victorian SEAL’s Heather Reardon said a lack of training courses in retail, hospitality and tourism over the past few years had made it harder for employers to find skilled staff.
“The Learn Local courses offer training in the classroom as well as practical industry application to allow people to develop an understanding of the different areas and gain the skills to get a job,” she said
Proudfoot’s Boathouse managing director Christopher Grace said there was a demand for skilled employees over the busy summer period.
“It would be fantastic to have trained staff who are ready to step into a job, and understand what it takes to be a great employee,” he said.
Each course is designed to provide the specific skills, including nationally recognised certificates for responsible serving of alcohol (RSA) and food safety.
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