Raise glass to va­ri­ety on of­fer in in­dus­try

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Janita Singh

HOS­PI­TAL­ITY is a dy­namic and fast-grow­ing in­dus­try with many dif­fer­ent ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

From be­ing a wait­ress, bar­tender, or kitchen hand to tak­ing up roles in ho­tel and club man­age­ment, co­or­di­nat­ing events, wed­ding plan­ning and travel – the choices are end­less.

Peo­ple have started as a cel­lar­man or bar­tender and gone on to be­come CEOs of some of the big­gest clubs in the coun­try, says John Lynch of Bar­ring­ton Group, who has part­nered with Club­sNSW to pro­vide a “job path­way” to at­tract tal­ent to the club in­dus­try.

“The in­dus­try can take you around the world,’’ Lynch says.

“Some clubs are the big­gest em­ploy­ers in their area and peo­ple for­get that there are a wide range of jobs in the in­dus­try.

The Club­sNSW Job Ready ini­tia­tive runs train­ing for the un­em­ployed, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and school leavers.

“Clubs want peo­ple who know how to make cof­fee and pour a beer, how to clean a bar and work a till,” Lynch says.

“Job Ready can­di­dates have the prac­ti­cal skills to start straight away.”

To drive the ini­tia­tive, Bar­ring­ton Group has been run­ning a free hos­pi­tal­ity train­ing pro­gram at the Can­ter­bury League Club.

Can­ter­bury League Club’s HR man­ager Karen Edwards says the re­sponse has been over­whelm­ing.

“It’s a free seven-day train­ing pro­gram run­ning un­til Novem­ber that pro­vides the base skills and knowl­edge to those in­ter­ested in be­gin­ning or so­lid­i­fy­ing their ca­reer in hos­pi­tal­ity,’’ she says.

The pro­gram cov­ers top- ics in­clud­ing food safety, bar op­er­a­tions, first aid, re­spon­si­ble ser­vice of al­co­hol and re­spon­si­ble con­duct of gam­bling.

“Hos­pi­tal­ity as a ca­reer is uni­ver­sal. You learn skills that are trans­fer­able into not only other in­dus­tries but any­where in the world,” Edwards says.

“Many cur­rently in man­age­ment po­si­tions here at Can­ter­bury League Club be­gan their ca­reers in en­try level hos­pi­tal­ity po­si­tions.”

Edwards says a ca­reer in hos­pi­tal­ity is for peo­ple pas­sion­ate about the ser­vice in­dus­try.

“Peo­ple seek­ing a ca­reer in hos­pi­tal­ity need to have flex­i­bil­ity with shifts and ex­pect to work hard,” she says.

“It takes a spe­cial type of per­son to de­liver and meet the cus­tomer ser­vice stan­dards ex­pected to­day.” bar­ring­ton­group.com.au or can­ter­bury.com.au

Food and bev­er­age at­ten­dants Jor­dan Kostakidis and Jenny Gimis­sis at Can­ter­bury League Club.

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