Raise glass to variety on offer in industry
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.