Multicultural Australia trainees benefit from CQUniversity hospitality training

Published:21 October 2019

CQUni Chef Teacher Tim Wade (centre) instructs a group of students from Multicultural Australia.

A training partnership between CQUniversity and Multicultural Australia is helping the Rockhampton region’s unemployed learn new skills and improve their everyday lives.

A group of 13 trainees of various backgrounds and experience, are currently undertaking a 20-week paid Hospitality training program at CQUni’s Willby’s Training Restaurant, as part of a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project.

Multicultural Australia SQW Coordinator Justina O’Connor said the trainees were part of the ‘Tucker Time’ program.

They are currently undertaking a Certificate I in Hospitality and also Responsible Service of Alcohol, Responsible Gambling Service, non-accredited Barista and a Food Safety Certificate,” Justina said.

“They’re also training under a qualified chef helping to staff the “Heavenly Aromas Café” at Salvation Army in Park Street that helps to meet the needs of the Salvation Army clients and cooking meals for donation to local community service organisations that service people suffering from food insecurity.

“We also partner with local businesses to accept donations of food that would otherwise go to waste in order to increase the number of meals that we can donate.

Justina said some of our clients include women returning to work, people with extended periods of unemployment, young people with no work experience, culturally and linguistically diverse and people who are underemployed.

“As part of their traineeship we provide support in addressing barriers and transitioning to further work or training,” she said.

“With the training and support of CQUni and Multicultural Australia, we have had a 100 per cent success rate for our trainees in the previous intake obtaining their qualifications.

“Of those, eight have gone on to find employment in the hospitality field. We have also used CQUniversity for a construction traineeship where work was undertaken at the Dreamtime Centre, this program had great outcome with 17 participants obtaining employment.

“CQUni provides a good balance of theory and practical training and their teachers are good at communicating with students and organisational staff. There are also benefits for students in using CQUni’s facilities, such as the great training kitchen and library.”

For more information on Multicultural Australia visit their website

This training is proudly funded by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.