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Chef for Life apprenticeship program boosting SA’s hospitality industry

The new apprentice chef program is proving beneficial for South Australia’s hospitality sector, injecting jobs into the industry.

Listen up, chefs! This apprentice program could jumpstart your career.

Apprenticeship training program “Apprentice Today, Chef for Life,” part of the South Australian government’s Skilling South Australia program, proves to boost the hospitality sector by offering up to 130 jobs in the front-of-house and back-of-house. Since the industry started to feel the impact of COVID-19, this up-skilling program’s benefits will be in place until the end of September.

Chef for Life eases students into apprenticeships, with businesses also receiving subsidies to upskill existing staff, as well as taking on new apprentices and trainees. Those who completed the program also received a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or a Certificate III in Hospitality.

Employers within the hospitality sector are eligible for 50% wage subsidy if they take on an apprentice or trainee before the end of September of up to $28,000 over 12 months.

 “Fully qualified chefs continue to be in demand nationally and across South Australia and now is a fantastic time to begin an apprenticeship in commercial cookery – learning while you earn and setting you up for a rewarding career,” said Minister of Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.

Quality Training and Hospitality College operations director Danielle Persico recognises the importance of upskilling, “The program gives participants a foot in the door with an employer and enough skills, together with the necessary work wear and tools, to feel confident and work ready to complete an apprenticeship.”

Skilling South Australia is a $200 million partnership with the Australian Government to ensure that those wanting to enter industry develops relevant skills to ensure South Austrians are job ready.

Read more about Skilling South Australia projects here.

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