VICINITY Centres and the City of Mandurah have joined forces to run a first-of-its-kind youth hospitality training program at the Billy Dower Youth Centre.
Supported and run by Jobs West, the 10-week hospitality program kicked off July 25 and has provided 11 students with entry-level hospitality and retail skills and qualification of a Certificate II in Hospitality.
The nationally accredited course offered participants real workplace skills including customer service, barista skills, resume writing and work experience in local retail and hospitality outlets.
Vicinity Centres is helping participants gain hands-on experience by ensuring every student undertakes work placement through one of the Mandurah Forum retailers, has considerable interview skills and the chance to get a real job interview with one of their retailers.
Vicinity Centre aims to have 50 per cent of students from the program employed either part of full time at the completion of their qualification.
Vicinity has also committed to every student completing the course having an interview for employment at Mandurah Forum and work placement will be held next month,
The program is funded by the State Government with additional funding from Vicinity Centres to support students learning including youth worker support, a cappuccino machine for training and interview attire.