OPPORTUNITY: Rustic Mezedes chef Gerald Geerligs with TAFE apprentice Isaac Fallon are hopeful changes to workplace relations will create more jobs for youth.
OPPORTUNITY: Rustic Mezedes chef Gerald Geerligs with TAFE apprentice Isaac Fallon are hopeful changes to workplace relations will create more jobs for youth. Trevor Veale

Proposed reform to address youth unemployment

IN LIGHT of high youth unemployment statistics on the Mid North Coast, workplace reforms to the hospitality and tourism industries may be the key to helping young people break into the market.

Restaurant & Catering Australia recently predicted an overhaul of workplace relations could create 17,800 new jobs in NSW cafes and restaurants.

A prospect director of Industry Services at North Coast TAFE, Geoff Baldry, strongly welcomed to help secure skilled young people employment and help alleviate the Mid North Coast's youth unemployment rate of 21.8%, the second worst in the state behind the Hunter Valley.

"It's an on-going discussion, but anything that supports opportunities and job growth in the region is a good initiative and we are ready to support that to build the skills up of any individuals to help them get a job in that industry," Mr Baldry said.

First year apprentice chef, Isaac Fallon, forecasts the reforms will create a concrete start for youth wanting a career in hospitality.

"It will create jobs for people wanting to learn and not just fill in for a job," Mr Fallon said.

The latest ANZ Stateometer reports hospitality is the sixth biggest employer in NSW, reinforcing Mr Fallon's confidence of employment.

" (It) shouldn't be too hard with the proper training I could take the skills I learn and travel the world," he said.



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