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Student success with graduates skilled for work in the Hospitality sector

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Wodonga TAFE is celebrating student success for graduates of a new pilot program aimed to meet the employment demand in the Hospitality industry.

Graduating students were excited to showcase their new Hospitality skills and knowledge, and presented a morning tea on campus, Thursday 7 April 2022, 10am-12pm, at The Valleys Restaurant, 87 McKoy Street, Wodonga, for industry representatives and staff.  

This successful initiative was delivered in collaboration with Job Active provider MADEC Australia and the Wodonga Skills and Jobs Centre and is designed to address the immediate skills shortage and needs of the local Hospitality sector. This targeted program provides people who are linked with the Job Active the opportunity to engage in training and work placement to help them gain ongoing employment and/or continue to further education and training.

Students successfully completed a seven-week program consisting of two skill sets in demand in industry; ‘Responsible service of alcohol’, and ‘Espresso machine operation’ which included customer service, financial transactions, espresso coffee and food safety units. Students also completed an employability skill development program, and work placements with local employers.

Wodonga TAFE’s Educational Leader Services, Creative and Business, Ms Belinda Papas, said the pilot program has been an outstanding success for all involved. “The students who completed this program have achieved great outcomes already. We have a number of students with employment offers, and others who are transitioning into further study in Hospitality and Event Management.”

“The program has been a resounding success, with two additional courses already scheduled for next term, for participants registered with MADEC”, continued Belinda.

 

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