Federal Government program to ease hospitality industry skills crisis
Hospitality Magazine reports that the restaurant and catering industry is welcoming the Federal Government’s new $837m program. Up to 30,000 workers a year will be eligible for skills training.
As part of the scheme the Government says it will hand out skills vouchers worth $407m over five years to fund vocational and other training for workers over 25 who do not have Year 12 certificates.
Prime Minister John Howard says people over 25, who did not complete Year 12, will be able to use the $3,000 vouchers to pay for vocational courses in TAFEs, federal colleges and private institutions.
The Government will establish a hotline for next month for people to apply for the vouchers with priority given to the unemployed, unskilled workers and those on other forms of income support.
Cautious welcome from rural training bodies
The chairman of the Rural Training Council of Australia, Peter Griffin, says the plan would go some way towards easing rural skills shortages.
“It’s a very positive response. The skills shortage is a complex issue through rural and regional Australia,” he said.
“There’s no one fix because as well as a skills shortage there’s a people shortage, so it is very important that we focus not only on entry level.”
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