The message was loud and clear at Parliament House today - there's never been a better time to launch a career in Tourism and Hospitality!
with the support of Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, Kate Jones, and Minister for Employment and Small Business, Shannon Fentiman.
The Tourism and Hospitality industry offers not only growing job opportunities, but exciting and future-proof careers as well. In this guide, we aim to highlight these opportunities to school leavers and their parents as they begin to plan their future in a rapidly changing employment world.
"With tourism icons such as the Great Barrier Reef, stunning beachers, rich indigenous culture and host of significant events like the Commonwealth Games 2018 – this is the best place to kick start a career in tourism and hospitality," Ms Jones said.
Minister Fentiman says it's an exciting time for Tourism & Hospitality in Queensland, with a high demand for new job seekers.
"Our Jobs Queensland Tourism Workforce Plan forecasts that we will need an additional 20,000 skilled workers in the Tourism and Hospitality industry by 2020.
"And in particular, online job vacancies for chefs in Queensland have increased by 10 per cent in the last year," Ms Fentiman said.
Under the 2018 - 2019 Annual VET Investment Plan, approximately $40 million is being invested into skills and training for the industry.
''We have training pathways for the Tourism and Hospitality sectors, including nine qualifications in hospitality and cookery on offer for free to all 2018 year 12 graduates.
"There are so many fantstic opportunities for exciting and diverse careers available in Tourism and Hospitality that can take you anwhere in the world," Ms Fentiman said.
Over 3,000 copies of the QTIC Tourism and Hospitality Career Guide will be distributed across our regional tourism operator networks, schools and TAFEs across Queensland.
A digital copy of the guide is also available online now.