A new initiative between GOTAFE and William Angliss will give local students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the hospitality, tourism and events industries without having to leave home.
GOTAFE Trainer Kirsty Ash said the Regional Tourism Employability Program, to be launched this Wednesday at GOTAFE Shepparton, aims to showcase training and career opportunities available locally.
“The program is a result of the government recognising that the tourism, hospitality and events industries have fantastic local career opportunities but many people felt they needed to travel to Melbourne for the training,” said Kirsty.
“We have been offering exceptional training in these sectors for some time and with the support of William Angliss promoting our offerings and coordinating the program, as well as the funding from the government we are able work more closely with businesses to give our students real life projects during their placements.
“Students have the opportunity as part of this program to undertake industry work placement locally where they can apply their skills and knowledge to real life experiences with the aim being to enhance the training they receive with GOTAFE and ultimately lead to employment.
“By giving our students placements with local businesses such as Councils our students apply their skills and knowledge to real life projects, gaining experience as well as networks that open doors for career pathways.
“Students also benefit from the partnership by being able to attend workshops and take famil tours at William Angliss in Melbourne once a year, for one week. Our students build networks with other Diploma students from all around Victoria.”
A number of regional TAFE’s, located in Bass Coast, Bendigo, Echuca, Geelong, Mildura, Shepparton, Warrnambool and Wodonga were chosen to be included in the Regional Tourism Employability Program due to being recognised as one of Victoria’s iconic regional destinations.
GOTAFE will manage the program in Shepparton, Seymour, Benalla and Wangaratta areas.
Graduates will be ready to enter the local tourism, hospitality and events industries fully job ready.