Major jobs boost for hotels and visitor economy

Andrews’ Labor Government is helping Victoria’s accommodation and hospitality industry rebound and create more jobs as the state continues to welcome more domestic and international visitors.

Minister for Industry Support, Recovery and Business Districts Ben Carroll visited the Voco Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD today to announce $5.6million for a new Jobs Victoria initiative, which will support the tourism and hospitality sector to create 320 jobs, providing job seekers with paid training and at least 12 months of stable employment.

Due to the pandemic, hotels and hospitality businesses have faced labor shortage issues. According to June data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 51% of accommodation and food service businesses across the country said they had difficulty finding suitable staff.

The Accommodation Jobs initiative will create roles in housekeeping, food and beverage preparation, events and other accommodation services in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Positions will prioritize groups traditionally more vulnerable to unemployment or precarious work, such as women aged 45 and over, 18 to 25 year olds, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Indigenous people in Victoria, people disabilities and people facing long-term unemployment. .

Jobs Victoria is partnering with the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAOA) to bring more people into the industry and build the available pool of skilled workers by mid-2023.

Catering attendant Gaston Silva had been unemployed for 18 months before completing the AAOA training program and getting a job in the hospitality industry. His goal now is to become a theater manager.

Participants will receive paid training prior to reception and accommodation. They will also get a “work buddy” and access to other services so they can start their new career on the right foot.

This program is an example of an innovative partnership supported by the $250 million Jobs Victoria Fund. Jobs Victoria supports job seekers and connects employers with the staff they need. It provides information, advice and support in person, over the phone and through the Jobs Victoria online hub.

Since November 2014, Victoria’s unemployment rate has nearly halved – with the number of unemployed Victorians falling from 6.7% to 3.7% under the Labor government.

For more information on the jobs in accommodation initiative, visit link or call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575.

As Minister for Industry Support, Recovery and Business Districts Ben Carroll said

“The The Accommodation Jobs initiative is just another way we are stepping in to help Victoria’s hotels, hospitality businesses and job seekers make the most of the tourism recovery while building a workforce. qualified work.

As stated by Cassandra Champion, Acting CEO of the Accommodation Association of Australia

“On behalf of our members and their teams at Victoria’s hotels, motels and accommodation providers, we welcome this investment in job creation and innovation by the Government of Victoria.”

As stated by Gaston Silva, food and beverage attendant

“I am now working to become a supervisor, then one day a room manager. Without this luck and all the lovely people who trained me to enter the hospitality industry, I don’t know what I would be doing right now.

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