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Monday, January 16, 2006

NEW TRAINING INITIATIVE FOR CASUAL WORKERS - Paula Wriedt, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

NEW TRAINING INITIATIVE FOR CASUAL WORKERS - Paula Wriedt, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Casual employees working in the State’s tourism and hospitality industry will now have access to apprenticeships and traineeships for the first time.

Launching the Tourism and Hospitality Casual Employees Training Pilot Project in Hobart today, Education Minister Paula Wriedt said that many tourism and hospitality employees were casual and do not get access to structured training.

“In a Tasmanian first, the Tourism and Hospitality Casual Employees Training Pilot Project is specifically targeted at improving access to apprenticeships and traineeships for casual employees,” she said.

Ms Wriedt said that the State Government’s Office of Post Compulsory Education and Training, the Australian Hotels Association, the Restaurant and Catering Association and the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union worked together to provide a genuine pathway for casual employees to build their skill base and increase their opportunity for obtaining permanent work.

“Under this pathway, a single industrial agreement will be established where workers who would otherwise be classified as casual will be classified as ‘flexible part time’, with protections on minimum hours for the duration of their training agreements,” she said.

The industrial agreement will also allow for:

· Workers to be paid a loaded rate as if they were casual employees.

· Guaranteed employment for apprentices/trainees for the duration of their training agreements.

· Apprentices/trainees to be employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week for the duration of their training agreements.

· A commitment to provide regular employment to support the training requirements of apprentices/trainees.

Ms Wriedt said that the life of the industrial agreement would also be long enough to enable apprentices and trainees engaged under the pilot arrangements to complete their training.

Candidates for the pilot program will be selected next month, with training to start in March.

The Drysdale Institute has been selected as the training provider for the pilot, and funding will be available to support training delivery for eligible apprentices and trainees.

A full review will be completed by the end of 2007.

“This really is a fantastic and innovative way of helping casual employees to carve out a career in the State’s tourism and hospitality industry,” Ms Wriedt said.

“This pilot is a great example of Tasmania: A State of Learning, the Government’s strategy for Post-Compulsory Education and Training, in action.

“The project has been a collaborative effort by the State Government, the AHA, the Restaurant and Catering Association and the LHMU, and I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulating everyone involved.”

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