AAoA CEO, Richard Munro

Richard Munro HM Awards

The accommodation industry has welcomed the Federal Budget funding initiatives that promote and create jobs in the Tourism industry.

Based on the projected growth in the industry and available jobs, the need for skilled job seekers is becoming a major concern for the industry.

Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) Chief Executive Officer, Richard Munro, said the funding initiatives will help provide support to the industry with employment outcomes within the sector.

“The Accommodation Association of Australia, through its Academy currently delivers tailored pre-employment programs which combine classroom and practical based training,” he said.

“Work experience has been a key component of the programs and the budget announcement to support 6000 job seekers will provide increased industry support to deliver skills and real life experience for opportunities to gain employment.

“We also need to encourage a younger demographic into the industry and promote the significant career opportunities available to people who are willing to give it a go.

“The youth employment strategy of a AUD$330 million investment will assist this need.

“The Accommodation Association Academy will continue to work closely with the industry to provide job seekers and new employees with ongoing training and development that will build career pathways and improve employment longevity.

“The AUD$1.2 Billion in wage subsidies will allow small to medium operators to support the initiatives and recruit, where previous financial restraints may have precluded them from taking on additional staff.

“Tourism in Australia is the face of customer service and quality experiences to visitors both domestically and internationally. The more we can work with Government and Industry to drive successful job creating initiatives the better off the industry will be.

“The budget announcements further supports the Accommodation Association’s direction in supplying the sector, through industry consultation and support, skilled job seekers with opportunities and skills for real employment outcomes,” he said.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management