There is so much to look forward to this year with several decisions out of the Fair Work Commission looking like coming down early, the year of Chinese Australian Tourism set to make Chinese New Year bigger than ever, and an Awards season that is shaping up to break all the records.
The performance of the industry in the run up to silly season was patchy but, from all reports, Christmas and New Year itself was good. The lead in to the event period and then the bounce until Easter should also see positive trading to start the year off.
This good start to 2017 should make some of the initiatives that we will launch in the first half of the year even more important. The Federal Government’s PaTH initiative will see a source of labour supply unlocked through internships. This should help, albeit not solve, some of the staff shortages that go with better trading.
By the middle of the year we should see some further promotion of hospitality careers taking place. Given the planned openings in many parts of the country, this is going to be vital to ensuring that service levels can be maintained. The projected fifty thousand shortage of staff by next year will bite hard during 2017 if these programs do not take hold.
Finally, it’s apprenticeship season. If you’re taking on an apprentice, consider enrolling them with the R&CA RTO. Offering supported, on-the-job delivery and menu-based resources, our program is a very effective way of training your apprentice. Contact Greg Smith, our Education and Training Manager, for details.
John Hart, CEO
Restaurant & Catering Australia