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CQ TAFE to help meet training needs of hospitality industry

Thursday, 5 April 2012 10:49AM - Gladstone Campus

News in brief:

Central Queensland Institute of TAFE has joined forces with Energy Skills Queensland and NEATO Employment Services to provide free training to people in Gladstone interested in working in the hospitality industry.

News in detail:

Energy Skills Queensland's Gladstone Workforce Skilling Strategy (GWSS) is providing  opportunities for local jobseekers to be trained and be job ready to meet the workforce needs of Gladstone's business community.

As part of the program, CQ TAFE is providing a combined food and beverage and cookery training program from its Gladstone campus for 15 weeks. The course will commence in the next few months on a date to be decided.

Cookery teacher Tim Wade said the training would prepare participants for all aspects of the hospitality industry.

"From kitchen operations to health and safety to the responsible service of alcohol - it will all be covered in the course," Mr Wade said.

"There will also be a work placement component to the course."

GWSS project officer Julie-Ann Devilee said a total of 105 placements are being offered, with no cost involved to eligible participants.

"Locals with an interest in hospitality should contact NEATO to become a participant and gain a Certificate II in Hospitality," Ms Devilee said.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to join the hospitality workforce and support the expected energy projects forging ahead in Gladstone."

Joan Mackay from NEATO Employment Services said the delivery of soft skills training was a vital part of preparing the participants for the workplace.

"This program also provides personalised mentoring to each participant to help and support them on their pathway to employment," Ms Mackay said.

The Gladstone Workforce Skilling Strategy is funded by the Australian Government's Indigenous Employment Program, the Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative and the Department of Education and Training.

For more information on joining the program contact Joan Mackay from NEATO Employment Services on 4972 7533.

Submitted By:Greg Chapman

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