The existing Training Package Products do not reflect the current (or emerging) skills and operational needs of the sector. This update will ensure that future skills development in this sector is in line with industry needs.
Employment projections for the Hospitality sector are strong, particularly for café, restaurant and accommodation services with regard to hospitality workers, food trade workers and accommodation and restaurant managers. The sector, however, is currently experiencing several challenges which are impacting workforce skills. Key challenges include:
- Workforce shortages in food trade occupations – Demand for skilled food trade workers such as chefs, bakers and pastry cooks (patissiers) is strong. However, applicant numbers are low and nearly all areas across Australia, particularly regional areas, are experiencing workforce shortages.
- Skills training not reflective of current industry practices – Employers have voiced that workers entering the industry after completing their Qualification (or apprenticeship) lack contemporary skills in food preparation.
- Working across the cookery sector – The transition of workers across sectors is common, and career progression no longer takes the traditional linear pathway. The cookery sector is no different, and its workforce can now experience multiple hospitality environments, ranging from fine dining restaurants and clubs to catering to mine sites and other mass operations.
- Lack of business and commercial skills in graduates – Employers have indicated that, after finishing a Qualification (or an apprenticeship), workers may be required to run a small operation within a business environment, which may include rostering staff, ordering stock using various online platforms, or other business functions. These skill areas need to be better reflected in the Training Package.
To address the workforce skills issues faced by the sector, the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC proposed to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) that an update of those Training Package Products supporting job roles in Cookery and Kitchen Operations, be conducted. The AISC endorsed the update work proposed and a sub-committee of the IRC was formed to oversee and guide this project.
This project is being overseen by the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality IRC. A sub-committee of the IRC has been formed to direct the project and provide guidance regarding updates to Training Package Products. The membership of this sub-committee is as follows:
Project Status – Draft 1 Consultation
Draft 1 of the Training Package Products are now available for public consultation until 9 October 2019. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback via the SkillsIQ Online Feedback forum, or by engaging in one of the consultation workshops or webinars listed below.
The draft Training Package Products are available for comment on the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum here. A Consultation Guide can also be downloaded with further information and a list of questions being consulted upon.
Feedback received during the consultation period will be collated and provided to the sub-committee for discussion, in order to inform its recommendations to the IRC for the next steps in this project.
A series of face-to-face workshops will be held across all states and territories, along with webinars and access to the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum. Please click on the links below to register for a webinar or workshop.
Wednesday, 28 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Thursday, 5 September 10:00am - 11:00am
Date City Time
Tuesday, 27 August Brisbane 10:30am - 12:30pm
Friday, 30 August Canberra 9:00am - 11:00am
Monday, 2 September Melbourne 9:30am - 11:30am
Tuesday, 3 September Sydney 9:00am - 11:00am
Wednesday, 4 September Adelaide 10:30am - 12:30pm
Thursday, 5 September Perth 10:00am - 12:00pm
Friday, 6 September Darwin 9:30am - 11:30am
Monday, 16 September Hobart 9:30am - 11:30am
The draft Training Package products are available for comment on the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum here
Figure 1: Stages of Training Package Product development.
Draft 1 Consultation will run from 14 August to 9 October 2019.
For further information, please contact Melinda Brown on (02) 9392 8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.