IT IS hoped a new jobs training program being held at Youthoria Cinema throughout the school holidays will help fill some of the demand in the region’s hospitality sector.
Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) was recently successful with a project application to the Department of State Development’s Jobs First Employment Projects to support West Coast Youth and Community Support’s Youthoria Enterprise Project.
The project will also partner with Career Employment Group to deliver five units of competency which have been selected to meet the needs of the Youthoria cinema operations.
West Coast Youth and Community Support chief executive officer Jo Clark said over the next two weeks during opening hours, Youthoria would be a training ground for those participating in the project.
She said Youthoria provided an “extremely supportive environment” for job seekers to get practical on-the-job training and skills development.
“We are hoping that at the end of the project a number of the participants will be able to fill some of the traineeship opportunities available in the community and also opportunities we have available at Youthoria,” she said.
The Youthoria Enterprise Project, which kicked off on Friday, will provide participants with targeted training in soft skills and work experience.
It will also get participants started on their Certificate III in hospitality.
After training in customer service, cinema operations, food preparation and supervisory skills, the project participants will be job ready in a range of tourism, hospitality, retail, customer service and supervisory positions in Port Lincoln and the Lower Eyre Peninsula region.
These skills have also been identified by RDAWEP as being in demand in the region’s broader hospitality sector.