TAFE offers free online hospitality courses

Hospitality businesses and their workers have been among the hardest hit

Local residents wanting a career in hospitality or those already in the industry can take advantage of three free online hospitality licensing courses being offered through TAFE NSW.

The three courses are supported by global drinks giant Diageo through its Raising the Bar COVID-19 response initiative.

The three courses: Statement of Attainment in Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA); TAFE Statement in NSW Liquor Licensee; and TAFE Statement in NSW Liquor Licensee (Advanced) are targeted to existing industry members to upskill and to drive more workers to hospitality venues in NSW.

In 2020, Diageo Australia pledged $11.5M to the Down Under instalment of Raising the Bar, through iconic brand Bundaberg Rum, to be invested over two years to help venues in Australia adapt and emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis.

Diageo Australia Managing Director, Angus McPherson, said the fund had already provided thousands of venues across the country with targeted support which included equipment to promote safe indoor and outdoor socialising.

“The first phase of Raising the Bar supported venues with funds for … equipment to re-open, such as hand sanitiser dispensers, temperature scanners and personal protective equipment,” McPherson said.

“We are now excited to offer the industry access to free digital training through TAFE NSW to help our hospitality workers understand complicated legislation and compliance and support their business from the bottom up.”

TAFE NSW Teacher of Tourism and Hospitality, Monique Fors, said the free courses would be delivered online and available to anyone in NSW who wants to learn how to comply with and understand NSW liquor laws.

“These courses offer a great opportunity for people to upskill, whether you wish to become a compliant licensee, approved manager, club secretary, or simply require an RSA to secure bar and wait staff roles,” Fors said.

“As the online courses are self-paced, they can be picked up at any time of the day or week, such as in between work shifts.”

Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSW CEO, John Whelan, said offering the industry free training in mandatory areas will ease a little of the economic burden experienced over the last 18 months.

“Support like the Raising the Bar initiative is exactly what we need to help our hotels get back on their feet, employing people and contributing to the Australian economy,” Whelan said.

“A large portion of this funding will see training for the next generation of leadership in the hotel sector.

“It will see managers provided with the same training as licensees and will vastly improve pub operations.”

The free courses are available until June 30, 2022.

To enrol or find out more visit www.tafensw.edu.au/raising-the-bar.

Source: Media release, Oct 19, 2021 TAFE NSW