8 September 2022

The region’s peak business organisation, Business Illawarra, in partnership with the Illawarra South Coast Local Jobs Program, has launched a hiring campaign to recruit workers into hospitality roles across the Illawarra.

The Illawarra Hospitality Is Hiring campaign will run from September to December 2022, and will give cafes, restaurants and other hospitality businesses the opportunity to promote the positions they need filled, with the Local Jobs Program matching jobseekers into those roles.

“We have been hearing about acute staff shortages in hospitality over recent months, so for the duration of the UCI Road World Cycling Championships as well as the busy summer months, this campaign aims to ease some of the pressure on hospitality businesses by better connecting jobseekers into available jobs,” said Adam Zarth, Executive Director of Business Illawarra.

“The World Cycling Championships is estimated to generate up 400 direct and indirect jobs for the region, however there will be many more jobs than that created in our hospitality businesses as thousands of international visitors arrive for this global event.”

“These extra jobs are also very likely to remain for the summer months when the Illawarra and South Coast should enjoy its first uninterrupted holiday season without the pandemic-related restrictions we’ve now seen over several years.”

“This campaign is also encouraging jobseekers to consider a career in hospitality which is a booming sector with enormous opportunity to learn new skills and secure solid employment.”

“If you’re a jobseeker, student, or existing worker looking for extra hours, you should seriously consider a job or career in hospitality,” said Mr Zarth.

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