Hospitality initiative serves up more training

Monday, 24 November 2008

Challenger TAFE, in partnership with Mirvac WA, have launched an exciting new training project to benefit the business and job prospects of the Peel hospitality community.

Known as the Peel Hospitality Training Initiative, the project has been created to ensure that accessible, customised training programs are available and provide work-ready staff for the hospitality businesses operating in the region.

Challenger TAFE Managing Director, Liz Harris, explained that it is one of a range of training and workforce development strategies the College is currently implementing that will have a beneficial impact on both business and individuals.

“A key part of this initiative will be Challenger TAFE providing a hospitality training room at the Peel Campus for hospitality front-of-house training,” she said.

“A theory room at the Peel Campus will be re-vamped to house a fully fledged mock-up bar and restaurant and will provide training opportunities for students and employees to practice their skills in coffee-making and bar drinks preparation.”

The room will primarily be used for training hospitality students, Mirvac employees and other Peel hospitality employees and, thanks to financial assistance from Mirvac, will be upgraded to meet current industry standards.

“We’re also going to be making this training room available for conducting specific industry and community hospitality short courses,” Liz continued.

“And it is our ongoing partnerships with industry that ensure we remain a relevant and high-quality training provider. Having Mirvac’s financial support to see this initiative realised makes a real difference to the delivery of our training.”

Challenger TAFE will be enrolling approximately 60 students per semester across the Certificates II, III and IV in Hospitality and the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery which is a significant increase on previous years.

Evan Campbell, CEO of Mirvac, said that the company has held a long association with the City of Mandurah and is proud to be involved in a fantastic opportunity for young people.

“Mirvac will be contributing towards the salary of the initiative’s Program Coordinator, as well as providing work placements at the Sebel Hotel, and funding the $50,000 upgrade of the Peel Campus’s Hospitality Training Room,” he said.

“We will also be providing six $1500 scholarships, two of which will be for indigenous students.”

Paddi Creevey, Mayor of the City of Mandurah, applauded Challenger TAFE and Mirvac’s efforts in coming together to provide a practical and focused training opportunity to the Peel region.

“Any business cannot reach its full potential without well-trained staff, and the students trained via this initiative will have a significant impact on the success of the hospitality businesses in our region,” she said.

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