Trainees on the job

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THE Moss­man Gorge Train­ing Cen­tre has forged new part­ner­ships with key em­ploy­ers in Port Dou­glas to give 13 in­dige­nous stu­dents hands on hos­pi­tal­ity train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Em­ploy­ers who have sup­ported the pro­gram in­clude Pull­man Sea Tem­ple Re­sort, Sher­a­ton Mi­rage Port Dou­glas, Pep­pers Beach Club, Mantra Port­sea, Penin­sula Bou­tique Apart­ments and Silky Oaks Lodge.

New trainees are learn­ing roles such as food and bev­er­age, house­keep­ing and front of­fice.

The stu­dents have be­gun a Cer­tifi­cate III in Hos­pi­tal­ity trainee­ship and will spend four days a week get­ting real skills in the work­place. The will also do one day a week for­mal train­ing at the cen­tre, which is lo­cated within the Moss­man Gorge tourism com­plex.

The stu­dents, from re­mote com­mu­ni­ties such as Yarrabah, Cher­bourg and the Tor­res Strait, have pre­vi­ously not had full ac­cess to ac­cred­ited train­ing pro­grams or the job op­por­tu­ni­ties the trainee­ship will pro­vide.

The trainee­ship pro­gram, jointly funded by the In­dige­nous Land Cor­po­ra­tion ( I LC) and the host em­ploy­ers, is an im­por­tant step for tourism in the Port Dou­glas re­gion, as it aims to es­tab­lish a sus­tain­able pool of trained In­dige­nous work­ers in the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tors.

‘‘The en­gage­ment of In­dige­nous staff in key tourism roles is a smart move for any em­ployer,’’ Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre gen­eral man­ager Greg Er­win said.

‘‘Lo­cal busi­nesses have long re­lied upon tran­sient work­ers to ful­fill front line roles and work­ing with lo­cal In­dige­nous staff over the long term will re­duce both turnover and re­cruit­ment costs.

‘‘ The Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre en­joys some of the high­est re­ten­tion rates of em­ploy­ees in the re­gion which is a key ben­e­fit of tak­ing the time to train and sup­port lo­cal in­dige­nous peo­ple into their roles."

The Moss­man Gorge Train­ing Cen­tre aims to be a con­tin­ual source of trained in­dige­nous staff who, at the end of their pro­gram, will be job ready to meet the on­go­ing needs of the in­dus­try.

‘‘With Ac­cor’s com­mit­ment to in­dige­nous train­ing and na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, our team are ex­cited to be sup­port­ing trainees by pro­vid­ing qual­ity, rel­e­vant work­place train­ing,’’ Pull­man Sea Tem­ple Port Dou­glas hu­man r e s o u r c e s man­ager Ber­nadette Reynolds said.

‘‘We are proud to sup­port the Moss­man Gorge Train­ing Cen­tre and look for­ward to cre­at­ing long- term job op­por­tu­ni­ties within the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’’

Trainee Elma Whap, from Mabuiag Is­land in the Tor­res Strait, is proud about her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the trainee­ship.

‘‘I took this op­por­tu­nity to travel around and ex­plore what’s out there and to also make my fam­ily proud and bring some­thing back for my peo­ple. Do­ing this trainee­ship is re­ally dif­fer­ent, I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fer­ent things, met some very nice peo­ple and I also work in an area where I would not have dreamed I would be. It’s a hard job, but I take ev­ery day very steady and en­joy ev­ery minute of it.’’

Trainees un­der­take a nine-month pro­gram which in­cludes stay­ing in the hos­tel at the Moss­man Gorge Train­ing Cen­tre and un­der­tak­ing for­mal train­ing with MEGT which is the ap­pointed Reg­is­tered Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion for the Cen­tre. All trainees are guar­an­teed a job upon com­ple­tion of the trainee­ship at Voy­ages Ay­ers Rock Re­sort, which is also owned by the ILC.

Busi­nesses want­ing in­for­ma­tion on in­dige­nous em­ploy­ment and train­ing, in­clud­ing be­com­ing host em­ploy­ers, con­tact Moss­man Gorge Train­ing Cen­tre on 07 4099 7050.

TRAIN­ING: Ralph Daniel at Silky Oaks

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