The next generation of budding chefs and hospitality workers has been put through their paces, completing a specialised training course at TAFE NSW Tamworth this week.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said 47 Oxley High School students spent three days learning important skills and gaining qualifications that would help them enter the hospitality workforce after completing their HSC.

“Demand for hospitality workers is at an all-time high and is the leading youth employment section in NSW, with 300,000 regional workers employed in the industry annually – 45 per cent of which are employees aged between 15 and 24. 

“As these students complete their HSC, they have some really important decisions to make and are probably looking for some income. 

“Being able to undertake this training and receive nationally-recognised TAFE NSW accreditation and qualifications, equips them for an exciting and viable opportunity to pursue employment in an industry that is crying out for qualified workers or go on to further training.” 

The students had completed three units of competency, including Responsible Service of Alcohol, Provide Responsible Gambling Service and Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety.

“The students really enjoyed the hands-on component of learning in the kitchen and training restaurant, and will take away important foundation skills that they can use throughout their careers.

“I have been working hard with TAFE in our region. 

I met with Gunnedah Shire Council, the Gunnedah Business Chamber and TAFE NSW to design courses that make the most of the Gunnedah campus and offer greater opportunities for those who wish to gain more skills through TAFE.  This has resulted in the start of six new courses on top of the 33 already running at that campus.

“In April I was at the launch in Tamworth of the fifth of nine SkillsPoints Headquarters, which will focus on career pathways, Aboriginal languages and Employability Skills.

“In the June NSW Budget we announced $285 million for 100,000 free apprenticeships in any course at TAFE, which will relieve the financial pressure apprentices can face,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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