New cafe owners face challenge with 340 jobs to fill

AN influx of dining venues in the Gladstone region is generating a menu of choice for hospitality workers.

New projects including the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, McDonald's and Hog's Breath Cafe will create more than 340 new job opportunities.

Tony Ward, restaurant owner of the new McDonald's Calliope Travel Centre, says that the mass recruitment will be a challenge.

"Absolutely there are concerns about filling crew numbers," he said.

"But at McDonald's we have the best training system in our industry. We cater to all ages, abilities and starting points."

McDonald's is currently advertising to fill 150 positions throughout their stores in the region, with Boyne Island McDonald's now open for business.

The employment sector in Gladstone is offering promising futures for individuals looking to change industries, or for those without experience or qualifications.

Alex Staines, owner of Gladstone's first Hog's Breath Cafe, to open early 2014, said that staff would be attracted to the flexibility and training available at his flagship store.

"We employ based on attitude, which we transform into skills," he said.

"The great thing about working for a franchise is the flexibility of being able to walk into a job in another franchisee location in Australia, and we understand the importance of looking after our staff."

The flood of jobs comes as many industry employers reach peak employment, or begin to wind back work forces.

But several of the hospitality employers admitted that many of these jobs will be part time or casual, and more suitable for those seeking evening and weekend work.

The Gladstone Entertainment Centre caterer Reef City is seeking to fill another 80 roles, with the opening of Ribs and Rumps and a new Coffee Club on Goondoon St expected to offer another 50 job opportunities.

Hospitality sector workers are well regarded as having a strong foundation for future career paths, Mr Ward said.

"The current CEO of McDonald's Australia was a former floor worker," he said.

"We offer a great career path that can start at any level."

All demographics, backgrounds, abilities and levels of expertise are being encouraged to apply.

What effect do you think 340 new hospitality jobs will have in Gladstone?

This poll ended on 02 November 2013.

Current Results

They'll help offset the industry jobs slowdown

9%

They'll give young people important job skills

38%

They'll only be casual positions, and an unreliable source of income

41%

They'll just bring more blow-ins to town to take jobs from locals

10%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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