Free RSA courses to ease staff shortage burden
From 7 February 2022, Fee-free Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) courses are on offer to 5,000 workers and jobseekers to help ease staffing pressure on licensed hospitality venues.
With NSW’s hospitality sector adding over 2 per cent of total gross value to the state’s economy and creating more than 300,000 jobs, support for the industry is significant right now.
Treasurer Matt Kean said the RSA courses will allow more people to get the qualifications they need to enter the workforce during this critical time.
“By providing these free RSA courses, we are not just supporting the hospitality sector during the current downturn – we are supporting the future of people who pick up an extra qualification courtesy of NSW Government funding,” Mr Kean said.
Former hospitality workers are also encouraged to return to the sector – anyone whose RSA competency card has expired within the past two years, or will expire before 30 June, can complete a free RSA course.
Courses can be taken through TAFE NSW and private providers who already offer government subsidised programs.