Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has received a $1.1 million grant from the Victorian Government to fund a new hospitality apprenticeship program.
R&CA CEO Juliana Payne says the project, titled Workforce Training Innovation Fund: Building New Quality Hospitality Apprentice Pathways in Victoria, will help to significantly improve current uptake of apprenticeships in Victoria’s burgeoning hospitality industry.
“The association is delighted to be working with the Victorian Government to promote the benefits of a long-term career pathway in the hospitality sector through pursuing an apprenticeship,” Juliana says.
“Through the awarding of today’s grant, the Victorian Government has recognised the exceptional opportunity that exists to capitalise on the significant jobs growth within the state’s café, restaurant and catering sector.”
In partnership with William Angliss Institute, R&CA will launch a 12-month promotional campaign to promote the various opportunities associated with apprenticeship pathways in the hospitality sector and improve existing job training models.
“The program will provide employers with assistance by introducing an improved on and off job training model enabling apprentices to learn and practice job-ready skills,” Juliana says.
“As a result, the program will contribute to improved outcomes during apprenticeships, including boosting productivity and morale, leading to increased rates of uptake, retention and completion.
The aim of the program is to engage 200 to 250 apprentices through a new menu-based training delivery model, development of an attitudinal assessment tool, a promotional program for industry personalities to promote apprenticeships, a capstone test for cookery and the establishment of front-of-hose apprenticeships.
“Through the completion of the Building New Quality Hospitality Apprentice Pathways in VIctoria program, the association will be able help deliver significant improvements to the apprenticeship landscape throughout Victoria,” Juliana says.