As the jobs crisis continues to impact our industry, there are a range of initiatives out there to help skill-up, attract and find staff.
We’ve pulled together a guide of what’s out there so you can make the choice of what’s best for you and your business.
WestVic Staffing Solutions – Hospitality Support Program
Jobs Victoria, in partnership with the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN), are supporting small and medium-sized businesses to recruit and train 500 jobseekers to address critical workforce shortages.
WestVic Staffing Solutions is the local agency appointed to deliver this program in our region.
The roles are for a minimum of 20 hours per week over 13 weeks with candidates employed as a labour-hire (see flyer for host employer details). Any training required (RSA, food-handling etc) will be covered by the agency.
WestVic currently has front-of-house, chefs, bakers, kitchen hands, food services and tourism-based workers ready-to-go.
Jobs Victoria – Regional Hospitality Traineeship Program
The Victorian Government recently announced a $6 million initiative to attract 240 jobseekers to tourism and hospitality roles in regional Victoria – including our region!
Supported by the Jobs Victoria Fund, the trainees will get a range of incentives, including a year of secure employment while completing a Certificate III in Hospitality or Tourism; a wage supplement up to $10,000 above the relevant industry award over the year; and one-on-one mentoring.
There are also potential incentives for employers, with a wage subsidy available (until 30 June 2022), paid incentives and the option to share staff between businesses (for example, two days at café A and three days at café B).
Roles will be prioritised for women over 45, people under 25, Aboriginal Victorians and people who are long-term unemployed.
If you’re looking for trainees and to fill roles, expressions of interest are now open.
Tourism Jobs Bank – Recruitment Support
The Tourism Jobs Bank is a pilot program to help the Geelong, Bellarine and Great Ocean Road tourism sector recruit staff during a tough labour market.
Geelong-based recruitment agency, Direct Recruitment, has been appointed to the pilot project. The agency does the hard work for you in filtering staff and preparing them for interviews.
There are a range of workers currently in the ‘bank’ and ready to fill roles.
Recruitment fees do apply for the successful placement of staff.