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Hospitality sector receives huge boost through the Chef for Life program

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The hospitality sector in South Australia is receiving a significant boost from the Marshall Government’s Skilling South Australia program today as over 130 jobs were created in front-of-house and back-of-house positions. 

The Quality Training and Hospitality College trained the participants under the initiative through the “Apprentice Today, Chef for Life” program. This resulted in participants receiving either a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or a Certificate III in Hospitality. 

“The pandemic has been incredibly challenging for the hospitality sector, but the recent significant easing of COVID-19 restrictions across South Australia is creating new jobs in pubs, clubs and restaurants,” said Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni. 

Since fully qualified chefs continue to be in demand, Minister Pisoni said it was a fantastic time to begin an apprenticeship in commercial cookery. 

“Now is the time for employers in the hospitality sector to have a close look at the very generous level of government assistance for taking on an apprentice or trainee, including the 50% wage subsidy available until the end of September of up to $28,000 over 12 months, he said.

With the combination of Marshall and Federal Government subsidies to support new apprentices and trainees, there has never been a better time to upskill existing staff or take on a new apprentice or trainee. 

The Apprentice Today, Chef for Life program includes training in COVID-19 requirements for the hospitality industry, with businesses skilling their people with accredited infection prevention and control through COVID clean training. 

Quality Training and Hospitality College operations director Danielle Persico said the program would address skill shortages in the hospitality sector. Since some participants aren’t ready, the training can help in breaking down barriers for a smooth transition into an apprenticeship.

“The program gives participants a foot in the door with an employer and enough skills, together with the necessary work wear and tools, to feel confident and work ready to complete an apprenticeship,” Director Persico said. 

Skilling South Australia is a $200 million partnership with the Australian Government to deliver the skills required by industry and ensure South Australians are ready to step into jobs and enjoy rewarding careers in the future. 


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