Skills and workforce support for your business

FROM CASUAL COOK TO CERTIFIED CHEF

To ease the skills shortage many hospitality operators are experiencing, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is helping casual cooks upskill to certified chef through flexible and alternative pathways to trade qualifications.

The Registered Training Skills Pathway program, supported by the Queensland Government, provides flexibility for working cooks, financial incentives and removes many of the barriers associated with traditional qualifications.

There are spaces for 50 casual cooks to achieve the skills and experience they need to become certified chefs, and for more employers to gain the skilled workforce they depend on.

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Upskill your staff - free courses

Upskill and retain your workforce with free, 40-minute online micro-credentialing courses from the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.

Choose from more than 700 online, bite-sized courses that are aimed at upskilling tourism and hospitality employees. Staff can be trained in as little as 40 minutes with industry-specific skills.

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Business Benefits of Trainees: A win-win for everyone!!

The one thing that differentiates a great business from those that just get by, is the quality of the staff.

A skilled, enthusiastic, happy and hardworking team that reflect the owner’s vision is the key ingredient for business success. One of the big challenges facing business in the region today is finding the right staff and retaining them.

One possible solution to this problem can be the traineeship system. The ability to match training to the employer’s needs is one of the big benefits of a modern traineeship, this flexibility means that the most urgently needed skills can be prioritised, enabling the trainee to be a productive team member sooner. Both new employees and existing employees can be put through traineeships. Full and part-time staff may be eligible along with school-based trainees.

Traineeships are a real win/win for all involved, from the business owner’s point of view trainees can provide very real benefits.

The Qld Government contributes the majority of the cost of the training for the eligible person of your choice.

Upon completion of the traineeship the Australian Government pays employers an incentive payment.

Currently, additional support is available from the Australian Government. Eligible employers are able to claim 50% of an Australian apprentice's gross wage up to $7000 per quarter, per eligible apprentice or trainee.

If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of having trainees in your business, contact the Regional Training team on 07 5481 2486 or email [email protected] or see www.regionaltraining.qld.edu.au

- By Regional Training Services Qld Managing Director, David Asher


WORK IN PARADISE

Queensland tourism operators are invited to use the free Work in Paradise program to connect with job seekers from around Australia. Businesses can post job vacancies for free.

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HELP A RISING STAR IN YOUR KITCHEN

Help your staff gain the skills they need to join a kitchen as an apprentice chef with a free intensive course, Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, through TAFE Queensland and the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.

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WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Tourism Australia’s Work and Play the Aussie Way campaign will encourage the uptake of Working Holiday Maker visas in the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and Republic of Korea, while highlighting the incredible travel experiences that await in Australia.

It coincides with the announcement that the Working Holiday Maker visa application is refundable for those who arrive in Australia before 19 April 2022, and other new measures that will see visa holders able to work for the same employer or organisation for more than six months up until 31 December 2022 without needing to request permission.

Look out for more information soon on how industry can get involved.

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HELP & INFORMATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training has a range of help and information for small businesses who are starting out, need support to recover or want to take their business to the next level.

The Department's staff are happy to visit any business that is interested in finding out more - just request a call-back via the QR code on the flyer below.

  • Business health check
  • Business Queensland - one-stop shop for all things business:
    • Free online training
    • Small business grants schedule
    • How you can supply goods and services to the Qld Govt
    • Mentoring for Growth
    • Business events calendar
    • Qld Small Business Commissioner
  • Running your business:
    • Small business solutions
    • Workforce planning connect
    • Small business financial counselling program
  • Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland
  • Dept of Employment, Small Business & Training:
    • Back to work support payments for eligible employers who hire eligible job seekers, apprentices and trainees
    • Supply 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games
    • Skilling Queenslanders for Work
    • JobTrainer
    • Free TAFE for under 25s
    • Free apprenticeships for under 25s
    • Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training

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