Are you an outgoing and social person, looking for a job where you get to interact with people from all walks of life? You might like to consider a career in hospitality. And one of the best ways to get there is through a traineeship.
What is a career in hospitality?
Hospitality refers to customer service-based roles; think things like working in restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels, and pubs. You could find yourself waiting tables, mixing drinks, brewing coffee, taking orders, making bookings, and handling money. Once you have lots of experience, you can even become a supervisor or manager, or train other new workers.
What skills do I need for a career in hospitality?
Most of your work will involve providing excellent customer service, so you’ll need to be friendly, polite and outgoing. Good communication skills are a must, as is the ability to work on your feet for long hours.
Why should I consider a hospitality traineeship?
Traineeships are a great way to gain both practical on-the-job skills and theoretical knowledge at the same time. Traineeships combine Vocational (VET) study alongside paid work experience in a real business, so you get the best of both worlds.
A hospitality traineeship will see you doing real work for an employer, and completing your studies in your time off. Depending on where you work and study, a traineeship usually takes around 1-2 years to complete.
There are tons of benefits to a traineeship, rather than just work or study alone, including:
- Getting paid while you learn – unlike uni, you can work and study without having to take on an insane work load.
- The opportunity to get hands-on experience, not just endless reading.
- The potential to connect with an employer and continue working with them after your traineeship is finished.
- Your qualification will be nationally recognised, meaning you can go anywhere with it.
Where can I find traineeship opportunities?
Just like searching for a job, there are lots of places you can go to find a traineeship. You can start your search on sites like SEEK and Indeed. Take a look on social media like Facebook or LinkedIn to see if any local businesses are hiring. Sign up with an Apprenticeship Network Provider or Group Training Organisation, or even go old fashioned and take a look in the local paper or give local businesses a call.
Here are some examples of the kinds of opportunities available: