Skills Targeted in Tasmania

Tasmania’s minister for hospitality, Scott Bacon, has announced a series of initiatives to support the hospitality sector, and build skills within the industry.

Mr Bacon joined the general manager of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association, Steve Old to announce the details of the skills and industry development programs funded through the $100,000 government allocation in this year’s state nudget.

“With around 1600 businesses employing some 23,000 people in Tasmania, there’s no doubt the hospitality sector plays a key role in both supporting tourism and the state’s broader economy,” Mr Bacon said. “In my discussions with industry, they’ve indicated that skills development – and the attraction and retention of skilled staff – remains a key priority.

“The suite of programs announced will help to further enhance the industry’s skills base and attract more people to work in hospitality.”

Mr Bacon said initiatives funded included:

• The development of a hospitality industry strategic plan;

• A further series of free training workshops for enterprises in the hospitality industry;

• A program of consultation with registered training organisations and industry organisations, to develop a shared understanding of the training and skills issues facing the industry;

• A program to foster the development and growth of the successful liquor accords

• A feasibility study into how to grow Tasmania’s international reputation for high-quality hospitality graduates;

• A dedicated hospitality industry employment website;

• A series of hospitality industry events, aimed at recognising and celebrating the achievements of the industry; and

• The development of a scholarship fund to encourage people to consider a career within the hospitality industry.

“A long-term vision for the hospitality industry is essential to see future growth in the sector,” Mr Bacon said.

“The Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts will soon start consulting with key stakeholders to find out the challenges and opportunities, as well as the priority issues, as the first step towards developing a strategic plan for the industry.

“By working with industry, stakeholders and other key organisations, we will set out a vision for the industry’s future that will aim to ensure Tasmania’s hospitality sector continues to thrive.”

Mr Bacon also said there is a need for more events aimed at promoting the achievements of people within the sector, to boost the industry’s profile around the state. “By encouraging more people to join the industry we can help to grow this vital part of the state’s economy,” Mr Bacon said.

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