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New hospitality traneeships

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φ MEDIA RELEASE THE HON. DR DAVID KEMP, MP ______________Minister for Schools, Vocational Education & Training__________________

March 4,1997 K6/97


The Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training, Dr David Kemp, today announced new traineeships in Australia’s growing hospitality industry for 2990 people.

The traineeships are with some of Australia’s biggest hotel chains, including the Radisson group, the Mirvac Group (including Marriott and Sebel Hotels) the Accor Group (including Novotel and Ibis Hotels), Hamilton Island Resort management chain, and the Southern Pacific Hotels Corporation.

The new traineeships are available in all States and Territories.

“The Government is delivering on its commitment to provide young Australians with genuine job opportunities,” Dr Kemp said.

In line with the Government’s reform of Australia’s training system, the traineeships have been designed and endorsed by the hospitality industry.

They are competency-based and all training will be completed on-the-job, giving trainees and employers greater flexibility.

“Tourism is one of Australia’s fastest growing industries,” Dr Kemp said.

“As overseas visitors continue to pour into Australia, the Bureau of Tourism Research estimates that an additional 150,000 jobs will be created by 2003. This will bring the total number of jobs in the hospitality industry to an estimated 685,000 at that time.

“As job opportunities in the hospitality industry open up, the Government is taking steps to ensure the needs of employers and young people seeking work in this industry are met.”

People seeking to start one of the new hospitality traineeships should contact their local CES office.

Media inquiries: Michael Smith (06) 277 7540 or 016 287 494.