Tasmania Minister for Small Business Hospitality and Events Sarah Courtney
Tourism and Hospitality Industry Training Boost
Victor P Taffa
2020-21 State Budget is set to create jobs, invest in our community and provide certainty and confidence for a better Tasmanian future.
We know that those in the hospitality and tourism industries have been some of the most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government is committed to continuing to work with these important sectors to build a skilled workforce and develop a sustainable, industry-led approach to training, Minister for Small Business Hospitality and Events Sarah Courtney said.
These industries underpin the Tasmanian economy and are supported in the 2020-21 State Budget with $1 Million over two years to support the establishment of a new not-for-profit industry Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
This funding demonstrates our clear commitment to improve training options for these important sectors in Tasmania and fulfils the Government’s long-term aspiration to grow our skilled Tasmanian hospitality and tourism workforces.
Establishment of the RTO follows calls from the Tasmanian Hospitality Association and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania to introduce an alternative training model that meets the needs of industry and will include a focus on developing the skills of employees through both accredited and non-accredited training, informed by industry.
Informed by these peak bodies, the new RTO will complement private training providers and TasTAFE’s Drysdale arm to expand the market. It will also focus on areas that Drysdale does not deliver such as industry informed non-accredited training programs.
As part of this initiative, a Tourism and Hospitality Workforce Advisory Committee is being established, with representation from the THA and TICT to advise the Government on skills priorities for the sector, workforce development, training and career pathways.
Led by industry, the RTO will help to build specific skills that will meet the demand of emerging markets, create new pathways and improve access and employment opportunities for Tasmanians living in regional areas.
“I would like to acknowledge and thank the Tasmanian Hospitality Association and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania for their ongoing work and strong advocacy for their members throughout the pandemic.” Minister Courtney said.