IF you want to work in hospitality but lack the skills or experience to win over potential employers, a new training program that connects participants with cafes, resorts, restaurants and bars needing staff might be a good fit for you.

Job Showcase is right now working with Peppers Noosa to teach 15 keen participants the skills they'll need to be great hospitality staff, and it plans to find each of them a job in hospitality once they've graduated.

The programs are devised in collaboration with local chambers of commerce and the practical side of training takes place at real-life workplaces such as Peppers.

Participants and former construction worker Chris Boyley says "you're never too old" to change career, and encouraged people considering a shift to consider the innovative training program.

Job Showcase hospitality program participant Chris Boyley in training at Peppers Noosa.
Job Showcase hospitality program participant Chris Boyley in training at Peppers Noosa. Ben Allan Photography

"I jumped at it," he said.

"It's a great program...excellent training and we've got great facilities to do the training in."

Mr Boyley said he was learning everything from how to serve alcohol responsibly to how to be sensitive to customers' cultural background and needs.

The eight-week course included 12 mandatory volunteer "shifts" at hospitality businesses in Noosa.

"It's fun. Great learning, and you never lose it," he said. "It's well worth having for the rest of your life."

He said this work placement was invaluable for the skills he learned and experience he gained, but also because of the connections he made while there.

Businesses in the Noosa region had positive feedback on the program so far, Job Showcase coordinator for Noosa and Maroochydore, Angela Bueti, said.

"The businesses in Noosa think it's fabulous," she said.

"The employers are supportive - they want to get these students qualified and into their workplaces and are listing their jobs with us."

In addition to Mr Boyley's cohort, two further groups are enrolled to study in the Noosa program this year, JobShow director Kris McCue said.

In Maroochydore, 20 positions in the first of three programs are now up for grabs. A total of 60 people will become job-ready after being trained in the Maroochydore program and 45 in Noosa.

For more information or to apply for the Maroochydore intake visit www.jobshowcase.com.au/maroochydore.

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