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Closure of Hospitality Group Training (HGT) and the Future of Staff and Students of HGT

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN ( 15:17 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills a question regarding the recent closure of the Hospitality Group Training organisation.

Leave granted.

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN: It was recently reported that Hospitality Group Training, the state’s largest employer of hospitality apprentices and trainees, has been forced to call in administrators as government funding has dried up. On 25 February, in response to a previous question on this issue, the minister outlined how the HGT currently employs 18 staff and around 116 apprentices and trainees. In the minister’s answer, the council was informed that the Department of State Development is working with those apprentices who are currently employed by HGT to move to other employment contracts so that they can finish the employment component of their apprenticeship.

My questions to the minister are: is the government taking any measures to ensure that the workers employed by HGT will have their outstanding employee entitlements honoured, and what is the government doing to assist the 18 staff members who were employed by HGT as teachers in finding alternative employment?

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