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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ACTING MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

Media Release

01903

Jobs Push For Restaurant And Catering Industry

Employment Services Minister Mal Brough today moved to stem the waste of thousands of jobs, with the launch of an employment initiative to connect Sunshine Coast job seekers with unfilled vacancies in the restaurant and catering industry.

Mr Brough launched the Sunshine Coast initiative at Noosa today, as a forerunner to a systematic introduction of the scheme across Australia.

'We have jobs going begging in the restaurant and catering industry, quite simply because the right people and the right employers aren’t connecting,' Mr Brough said.

'The restaurant and catering industry is one of Australia’s major employers in terms of growth and geographical spread. This initiative, through the Federal Government’s Job Network, aims at meeting the specific recruitment needs of the industry while giving job seekers quick and improved access to vacancies.'

The initiative has been developed by Restaurant and Catering Australia and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, with input from the National Employment Services Association.

Mr Brough said the employer body, Restaurant and Catering Australia, had identified problems recruiting staff with the appropriate, entry-level qualifications.

'What the restaurant and catering industry most needs is recruits who demonstrate a strong interest, vocation and aptitude for this important industry,' Mr Brough said.

The initiative will involve a specialised screening process to identify jobseekers who are particularly suited to the industry and a suite of short, industry-specific training courses, which will result in a portable, recognised 'ticket' for job seekers.

'The qualifications which flow from these courses, range from one to four days and will be recognised by Restaurant and Catering Australia,' Mr Brough said. 'So, their members in Western Australia will recognise a qualification gained

in Queensland, or anywhere in Australia, for that matter.'

'The Job Network will provide employers with a critical mass of job seekers who have the appropriate industry skills and attitudes, and with a streamlined vacancy lodgement process,' he said.

As well as improving Job Network’s vacancy management system, the initiative hopes to develop industry-specific information on the national JobSearch website (www.jobsearch.gov.au) to publicise employment opportunities, information and entry requirements for the restaurant and catering industry.

For further information contact:

David Moore 0417 774 724

17/03/2003