Ready and raring to go into hospitality jobs

Victoria University Polytechnic hospitality teacher Kristy Moorcroft helps students Joshua Rushan Godwin and Alexandra Bower with their barista skills as part of the Visitor Economy Work Ready program. (Damjan Janevski) 292144_05

By Matthew Sims

Victoria University’s [VU] vocational education provider Polytechnic is helping Victoria’s hospitality sector recover from COVID via a free entry-level training course.

The seven-day Visitor Economy Work Ready Program will fast-track graduates into entry-level front-of-house, beverage or barista roles.

VU’s Footscray Nicholson campus will host the training program at its simulated restaurant VenU from mid-to-late September, late November and December.

The course will also involve participants receiving guidance from expert hospitality trainers and developing skills in resume writing and interviewing.

VU Polytechnic hospitality, tourism and events manager Shawn Vlaeminck said the aim of the training is to increase entry-level roles across the visitor economy.

“The pandemic hit the industry hard and there is a massive shortage of staff,” he said.

“Employers are looking for entry-level employees with limited experience, but who have some customer service and who can present well.”

Course students who complete the program can transition into further training and education at VU Polytechnic and VU through a range of courses in hospitality, tourism, events, and cookery at the School for the Visitor Economy.

As part of the program, students are also guaranteed job interviews with a number of VU’s hospitality industry partners, including Accor, Delaware North, LUCAS Restaurants, RACV Resorts and Clubs and The Pancake Parlour.

Mr Vlaeminck said the current shortage within the hospitality sector is partially due to a decrease in the number of international students or backpackers who normally fill such roles.

“The prospect of getting a job is very strong because after the course, there is a guaranteed job interview with one of our many prestigious industry partners,” he said.

“The jobs are out there – the industry desperately needs people, and we are doing our bit to try to help with that.”

VU is hosting information session on the courses on Wednesday, August 24 at 6pm and Wednesday, September 14 at 6pm.