Published: 7 September 2023
Victoria’s tourism industry welcomes a new program to attract and train more workers. The new $1.4 million program, Worker Attraction and Skills Initiatives for Tourism (WASIT) will be delivered over the next 18 months.
WASIT will provide 3 workforce attraction and skills training initiatives for industry workers. It will be delivered by the Victorian Government in partnership with Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), Young Tourism Network (YTN) and Typsy. A strong workforce is a key enabler of Experience Victoria 2033 Plan, and the new WASIT program is focussed to support delivery of the Plan.
As part of the program, VTIC will be hosting a careers exchange expo. The expo will help connect job seekers with our best tourism industry professionals all under one roof.
Free online programs will be available from Typsy to help upskill tourism operators and their staff. They’ll cover skills areas such as digital capability, leadership, communication and innovation.
To empower the next generation of tourism professionals, YTN will host their online Launchpad Program for people aged 18 to 35. The program is aimed towards people with diverse backgrounds including women, migrants, multicultural communities and Aboriginal Victorians. YTN's program will focus on practical skills including networking, community building and benchmarking.
YTN will also host a Leadership Summit to inspire young people to take the next step in their career journey. The one-day event will encourage conversation between young job seekers and future employers.
The program is funded by the Australian Government via the Choose Tourism Grant Program. The grant program helps the states and territories position tourism as a career choice and attract workers.
The WASIT program will help Victoria attract workers to its vibrant and dynamic visitor economy.