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To help address the workforce shortages currently being experienced across the industry due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, Tourism WA has developed the below initiatives to connect local people to local jobs.

Hospitality Job Connect

The Hospitality Job Connect program is a free five day nationally accredited course providing participants with the basic skills and competencies to confidently secure a job in the hospitality industry. Run regionally with the local TAFE institute, the course includes masterclasses with WA chefs Tony Howell and Don Hancey, customer services training, barista skills and safe food handling techniques, CV writing support and introductions to employers looking for workers in the area. The first program was held in Kununurra in May 2021, followed by Geraldton in September 2021, and a further four programs took place in additional regional locations from November to December, 2021.


Student Job Connect

The International Student Job Connect is designed to help address the current shortage of workers in the tourism industry by connecting prospective employers with international students who are living locally, and currently looking for work. The speed dating style event puts an employer in front of a group of students looking for work to talk about their business and the type of employees they are looking for, with the aim of making successful connections between employers and workers. The first International Student Job Connect was held in December 2020 and a second in early 2021. Most recently, a half-day Student Job Connect took place on November 23, extending the program to local tertiary and TAFE students.

View the highlights reel from the first event in December 2020.


If you would like more information or would like to be involved in the Hospitality Job Connect or Student Job Connect, please email to express your interest.

Last Reviewed: 2022-12-02