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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP


Upper Hunter residents are being equipped with skills needed to enter the region’s dynamic hospitality industry thanks to a new fee-free pilot program at TAFE Singleton.

Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the program is a partnership between TAFE NSW and Singleton Diggers Club which will deliver the NSW Government-funded skills program to local jobseekers.

“As part of the program, students have gained hands-on practical skills in bar operation, preparing and serving espresso, and responsible service of alcohol, while also completing work experience in a hospitality venue to support job outcomes,” Mr Layzell said.

“More than 80 per cent of participants are now employed in local hospitality businesses, creating a roster of job-ready workers to fill critical staff shortages which will help employers to keep doors open to customers.”

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the program would enable more training and employment options to be rolled out in the Hunter region and other regional communities across NSW.

“There has never been a better time to study at TAFE and these programs play an important role in helping job seekers gain practical skills and build employer connections to jumpstart a career in the hospitality sector,” Mr Henskens said.

Minister for Hospitality Kevin Anderson said the sector supports more than 300,000 jobs across NSW and offers incredible opportunities for professional growth and development.

“We know the number one issue impacting the hospitality sector is staffing and that is why the NSW Government is working closely with industry to deliver jobs-focused training to address shortages,” Mr Anderson said.

Lisa Rudd who currently works at the Singleton Diggers Club is one of many locals to fast track their career through the program.

“I was looking for a short and sharp course to gain the skills to re-enter the workforce for the first time in three years,” Ms Rudd said.

“I was offered a position before I finished my work placement at the club and I started my first shift confident in the skills I gained through TAFE, ready to get straight into serving customers,” Ms Rudd said.

For more information about studying at TAFE NSW, visit or phone 131 601.

Photo: Lisa Rudd with Dave Layzell MP at Singleton Diggers.

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