R&CA MEDIA RELEASE: R&CA paves PaTH for hospitality

The Restaurant & Catering Association of Australia (R&CA) has today announced that it has been funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) to deliver an innovative youth employment program tailored to assist the hospitality sector to attract workers from July 2021.

R&CA’s “Building Skills for the Future of Hospitality” PaTH Program is a five to six week program, providing young job seekers the opportunity to gain tactile and holistic skills that are transferrable for use in the hospitality industry, assisting them to gain meaningful employment.

R&CA CEO Wes Lambert said that the program is one of the first funded through the PaTH Business Placement Partnership program. (PBPP)

“We are the first PBPP Panel member to be funded to deliver the Program. Not only will this help skill the next generation of Australian hospitality professionals, but it will also help tackle the crippling staffing and skills crisis our industry is currently facing”, said Mr Lambert.

The program consists of three days of face-to-face training, which in partnership with Institute of Training + Further Education (iTFE)*, covers fundamental accredited training such as RSA, Food Handling and knife skills, and a suite of micro credentials and digital accreditations that focus on customer service, and code of conduct in hospitality.

Upon completion of training, job seekers (interns) are matched up with R&CA member businesses to undertake a four-week Internship with suitable participants being offered ongoing employment. The intern and employers are financially supported during this period by the Government.

Nathan Toleman of Mulberry Group said today that “Having the opportunity to trial and hire future employees with the financial support of the Government lowers the risk for my business and gives the person the experience and knowledge to gain employment in hospitality.”

In partnership with Straight To The Source, the interns at the end of the -Internship have the opportunity to attend a hands-on tour, visiting food producers, a market tour or other food experience, where they will be able to engage, connect and understand more about the hospitality sector.

Lucy Allon and Tawyna Bahr, Founders, Straight To The Source said today that, “Creating hands-on learning experiences based around produce, regional provenance will inspire and engage interns that are interested in the hospitality industry and upskill them with desirable knowledge to be competent and enthusiastic employees”.

As part of the Program, R&CA have hired hospitality professionals, Ex-Head Chefs, front of house staff and hospitality business owners, to mentor interns in the program. The Mentor, Trainer/Assessors (MTAs) have an in depth understanding of what it is like to start from scratch in the industry, and how to develop employees in the industry to build successful careers.

“Having the right mentoring and support from day one can really make or break your career. Our MTAs are all hospitality professionals who have been in the industry for decades and understand the importance of supporting our youth,” says Katrina Higham, Head of Training & Education and PaTH Program Manager.

*iTFE TOID: 6372