Restaurants and pubs are among some of the businesses who will benefit from a new training program to prepare the hospitality sector for reopening in the coming weeks and importantly, staying ‘COVID-clean’ into the future.
The state and federal governments have equally contributed $2.6 million towards the training which will be delivered through the state government and promoted by key stakeholders such as the Restaurant and Catering Association, the Australian Hotels Association and the tourism industry.
“When people return in greater numbers to their local café, restaurant or pub, they want to have confidence that the premises they are visiting is doing all they can to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 – this training will go a long way to instilling that confidence in the community,” Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said.
“We’ve worked closely with the federal government to deliver this funding which will see workers gain the skills and knowledge to help minimise the risk and transmission of infection while carrying out their usual duties in the workplace.”
Participants will learn a range of skills, including: hand hygiene practices, effective surface cleaning, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), disposal of contaminated waste, among other skills.
Up to 5,500 training places for this accredited training will be available in SA in retail, tourism, hospitality, cleaning, security, transport and logistics, and will be delivered by local registered training organisations.
Premier Steven Marshall said this is fantastic news for South Australian businesses who are busy and focussed on preparing their workplaces and staff for a much-awaited reopening.
“As restaurants and pubs gear up to get back to work, the ‘COVID-clean’ toolkit will boost business confidence, particularly as restrictions begin to ease.
“South Australians have been terrific in terms of adhering to social distancing and hygiene measures throughout the pandemic, and this training will further bolster those efforts.
“Keeping South Australians safe has been at the core of our planning since day one and this training will allow customer-facing businesses like pubs and restaurants to re-open safely and as soon as possible,” said Premier Marshall.