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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 20 May 1993) . . Page.. 1716 ..



Question No 694

Women - Employment, Education and Training Grants

MR CORNWELL - To Ask the Chief Minister - In relation to the Chief Ministers announcement of grants totalling $51,000 to enhance employment, education and training opportunities for Canberra women, could the Chief Minister elaborate upon

(1) the QUEST grant of $8,530, specifically the course "Hospitality training and employment in kitchens and housekeeping".

(2) the Migrant Resource Centre grant for "workshops on food production and sale".

MS FOLLETT - The answer to the question is as follows:

(1) QUEST Solutions will use the grant to conduct a 5 week full-time course for 15 women for whom English is their second language who would like to work in commercial kitchens or as room attendants. The women are being identified through consultation with CES, Womens Information and Referral Centre, the Migrant Resource Centre and a wide distribution of information leaflets. The course will target women who would benefit by improving their employment opportunities and will cover kitchen skills, room attending skills, English language training, work experience in restaurants, hotels, motels and clubs and job search skills. Quest Solutions will assist the women in finding employment.

The course will commence on 2 August 1993 so that graduates will optimise employment opportunities. The peak hospitality season begins as the women finish their course.

(2) A grant of $5,000 was given to the Migrant Resource Centre to conduct training for between 20 and 30 women from non-English backgrounds in the area of developing business skills as they pertain to food preparation. The course will build on existing domestic cooking, home management and budgeting skills and develop knowledge and skill in the areas of commercial cooking management. Such subjects as food storage, pricing, shopping in bulk and cooking in quantity will be covered over a period of up to twelve months (depending on the level of selfconfidence and language skills).

The course will commence in June 1993


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