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New initiative launched to tackle hospitality staff shortfall

NSW ‘kickstart career’ campaign welcomed as step in the right direction

The Australian Hotels Association (AHA NSW) and Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW (TAA) have welcomed a NSW Government initiative looking to assuage the current chronic staff shortfall impacting the hospitality sector.

Launched by NSW Minister for Hospitality and Racing, Kevin Anderson, the five week long ‘Kickstart Your Career in Hospitality” social media campaign is promoting the Government’s offer of a variety of free short training courses across a range of skills through Training Services NSW.

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AHA NSW Director of Liquor and Policing, John Green said pubs in both regional and urban areas of NSW were desperate for workers as the busy festive season approached.

“Nationwide we are looking at a shortage of more than 100,000 in the hospitality sector ranging from kitchen hands and bar staff to chefs and cooks,” Mr Green said.

“Many NSW hotels are being forced to close their kitchens on certain days of the week or close their doors early because they simply do not have enough staff.

“This new social media campaign is a step in the right direction to encourage more people to join our vibrant industry and we congratulate the Minister.” 

Interim AA CEO & TAA CEO, Michael Johnson

TAA CEO and interim CEO of the Accommodation Association (AA) , Michael Johnson said the accommodation sector was supportive of any initiative to encourage more people into a career in hospitality.

“Hospitality is career which really does open doors and we need to encourage young people in particular to realise this – the sky really is the limit,” he said.

“So, we welcome initiatives like this one which show first-hand, that with the right training there are plenty of chances and opportunities out there for hospitality workers.”


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