THCC relaunches website, announces new initiative to address skills shortage

17 November, 2015 by
Aoife Boothroyd

The Tourism & Hospitality Careers Council (THCC) has relaunched its Discover Your Career website in a move to facilitate job growth in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

The industry-specific website is a recruitment tool that connects apprentices and qualified staff with employers, and also provides industry news and career advice. In addition, the site hosts the Skills Pathway Project, an initiative that links suitable candidates with prospective employers and provides mentoring support to apprentices.

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“Australia has a reputation as a food mecca of the world. Apprentices will retain this reputation into the future,” says chair of the THCC and Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) CEO John Hart.

“We need to keep these workers engaged in the sector for longer by providing them with a fulfilling and meaningful career in hospitality and tourism.”

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The relaunch has come after the recent release of the Australian Tourism Labour Force Report: 2015-2020 which found that 71 percent of businesses in the caf and restaurant sector reported recruitment deficiencies.

The report also found that in order to meet the needs of the growing industry, Australia’s tourism and hospitality sector will require an additional 123,000 workers by 2020.

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Hart says that the findings of the report further cement the importance of recruitment initiatives in the hospitality sector such as the Skills Pathways Project and the Discover Your Career website.

In addition, THCC also launched a new Discover Your Career campaign which targets school leavers and encourages them to consider a career in hospitality and tourism.

“Employers are encouraged to support the website and advertise their vacant positions on this site, particularly with students looking for positions in the lead up to the summer break,” says Hart.

“Once they create a Skills Passport, employers can actively search for staff or apply to be part of the Skills Pathways project, ensuring they have the right staff with the right skills during the summer trading period.”

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