Shortage of skilled hospitality staff in New Zealand?

A recent article on NZ Herald Newspaper stated some interesting facts about the Hospitality industry in New Zealand:

“New data shows a large increase in hospitality job vacancies across the country and Rotorua’s Restaurant Association president agreed there was “definitely a shortage of skilled staff”.

For the past year, the number of tourism and hospitality jobs advertised online has increased by 15.8 per cent, one of the biggest increases of all industries measured.

Skilled hospitality students at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS)

Bart Vosse, head of tourism and hospitality at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology also added that:

“The forecast growth by 2025, we’re about 40 per cent short”.

The recent data also indicated the growth in other jobs such as: cooks (40 per cent), baristas (up 18 per cent) and kitchen hands (up 20 per cent).

Immigration New Zealand defined Tourism and Hospitality as a ‘growth business’.

“The tourism and hospitality sector is big business in New Zealand. In fact, it’s currently (2015) our second largest export earner, providing nearly 13% of total export revenues. Visitors spent $8.7 billion for the year ending June 2015, up 28 per cent on the previous year.”

Alekisio Taufaeteau – student of Hospitality Management Programme at AIS

How to prepare yourself for the Hospitality industry

Alekisio found a job in Cafe Service and Restaurant easily thanks to AIS training and work experience in hospitality. He is working 20 hours a week and can work full time during the school holidays.

“I am taking hospitality so I can apply the knowledge that I gain from AIS to the workplace. There’s a lot of opportunity in the hospitality industry especially if you can show leadership skills.”

New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Cafe Service) Level 3 (Start Date 11 September 2017) 

The New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Café Services) (Level 3) is an opportunity for domestic and international students to prepare themselves to step into the hospitality industry. The course has been carefully designed by a team of industry professionals to give students the skills they need to work in and operate a café business.

Graduates with this qualification will have the technical skills and the soft skills to work in cafés and unlicensed restaurants, and as baristas in a variety of hospitality environments. The supportive and realistic training environment led by highly respected industry professionals allows students to develop confidence in all aspects of café management. Former students are now working in and managing cafés in New Zealand.

A glimpse of the programme: