Food and Accommodation Sector

18 December, 2020
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Are you considering a career in the dynamic and fast paced food and accommodation sector?

Beyond restaurants and take away outlets there are jobs to be found in hotels, casinos, theme parks and anywhere where people are taking time off and enjoying themselves.

Waiters, kitchenhands, bar attendants and baristas are among the most commonly found jobs in this sector which also employs chefs and cooks, food and beverage managers/supervisors, cashiers and event/conference planners among many others. While many of the jobs in the hospitality industry demand face-to-face contact with customers there are also plenty of opportunities that don’t and are more behind the scenes.

For more information on a particular job in this sector, including typical day-to-day tasks, average weekly salary and links to job vacancies visit to search for details on the jobs you are interested in.

Many of the jobs on offer in this sector are entry level, however, there are plenty of opportunities to advance to managerial roles providing a good career pathway. For example, you might start work as a cook and develop skills and train to eventually become an Executive Chef. Many jobs are in fast paced environments and kitchens can be hot and stressful, so entry level jobs also offer the advantage of letting you experience this firsthand before committing to a career in the sector.

Over half (55%) of the people employed in the sector are aged between 15 and 29 so you can expect a young and dynamic working environment.

For more information on this sector visit YourCareer- Accommodation and Food Services.


What training is required?

The food and accommodation sector is made up of a broad range of occupations, each requiring specific skill sets with good opportunities to advance through hard work and on the job training.

Degrees and professional certificates are of course desirable for some roles however any job that involves selling, offering or serving alcohol will require a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate. If you want to work preparing food a Food Handling Certificate or completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery are worth considering. If you have your eye on managerial position, a Food Safety Supervisor Certificate or Hospitality qualification might be required.

A first aid certificate or driving licence may be required for some jobs. Even when not listed as a requirement, these qualifications might well give you an advantage over other candidates.

General computer skills are also useful to understand point-of-sale terminals (tills), stock monitoring systems and production and processing machines.


Job finding tip

Some large employers only advertise vacancies on their own websites so don’t forget to check some of those in addition to the usual job search websites.


Still wondering about your career path?

Check out the School Leavers Information Kit to see if this is the right option for you. The kit can give you tailored information about education, training and work options as you take your next steps.

If you’d like to talk to someone about a career in the food and accommodation sector, you can contact the School Leavers Information Service call centre on 1800 CAREER or text SLIS2020 to 0429 009 435. This service can provide more tailored support about your options and the training opportunities that suit you including help polishing your resume or where to find jobs and training.

More tips to start you on your way

If your wellbeing is being impacted by COVID-19 but you don’t know where to start looking for support, the COVID-19 support page has some information and links that could assist you.

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Meet Jessica Martin, a Section waiter at a 3-hat restaurant

Jessica Martin’s love for fine dining and restaurant service started as a young girl where she would observe the dynamic and diverse world of hospitality in her father’s businesses.

Jessica has now completed an Australian Apprenticeship in the hospitality industry and has graduated with two nationally recognised qualifications including a Diploma of Events Management and an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management from TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute.

“My dad is a chef of 40 years and being around family-owned food service businesses opened my eyes to the wide variety of careers that exist in hospitality,” Jessica said.

The skills Jessica learned in her Australian Apprenticeship played a key role in the 23-year-old winning a silver medal in Restaurant Service at the 2013 WorldSkills International Competition in Germany.

Jessica was one of 31 WorldSkills Australia Skillaroos who competed at the event, with the team bringing home four medals and 14 medallions of excellence.

“The WorldSkills experience has been fantastic - not many people get the opportunity to represent their country doing something they are passionate about," she said.

Jessica works as a Section Waiter at Sydney’s Momofuku Seiobo, owned by world famous chef and restaurant owner David Chang.

The restaurant has three Chef Hats and is ranked amongst the Top 100 Restaurants in the world.

She appeared on an episode of Channel Ten's The Living Room in 2013 and also travelled to India to speak at the 2nd India Australia Skills Conference.

"An Australian Apprenticeship is the best way to start your career," she said.

"It has opened up opportunities for me that I never knew existed."

The Sydney-resident hopes to use her experience to establish her own cocktail bar or restaurant – and is also interested in passing on her knowledge to up and coming fine dining waiters.

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