TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Coffee making will be covered in the hospitality training component. Photo Louise Starkey / Daily Mercury
TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Coffee making will be covered in the hospitality training component. Photo Louise Starkey / Daily Mercury Louise Starkey

Gain new valuable work skills for free in Monto and Eidsvold

MONTO and Eidsvold residents will be able to gain skills for the workforce when a fully-funded training program begins.

Facilitator Robin Phillips said state-approved funding meant participants could become qualified for free.

"It's targeting unemployed people, but also the under-skilled and underemployed," she said.

Training in Monto, known as the Monto SIT Program, will be in tourism and hospitality, and in Eidsvold it will be on rural operations and agriculture, known as the Harvest Training Program.

"You are now required to have a forklift licence to operate one, and that's something that will be covered in Eidsvold," MsPhillips said.

"There are employees working in local cafes that haven't had formal training in how to make a coffee.

"Last time we did coffee training at businesses it made a significant difference in their final product."

The Monto program will offer interested participants aged older than 15 years and not in school the opportunity to complete a Certificate II or III in hospitality and tourism.

There is room for 28 participants and the courses will be offered in two blocks of 16 weeks.

"It's giving opportunity to disadvantaged learners and those that are under-skilled into fully accredited training courses," Ms Phillips said.

The State Government provided $52,500 for the Eidsvold program and $127,000 for the Monto program.

An information session about the Monto SIT Program will be held on April 29 at the Monto RSL.

For more information, phone Ms Phillips on 0412699970.


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