Palaszczuk’s Queensland plates up world-class training

A new partnership between TAFE Queensland and the internationally-renowned culinary arts educator Le Cordon Bleu comes, as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reveals Labor’s plan to grow tourism.
Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath has congratulated TAFE Queensland on the new partnership at an official signing ceremony at South Bank TAFE today.
“As Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces the Growing Tourism, Growing Tourism jobs policy TAFE has shown yet again why it’s positioning itself perfectly to meet our state’s future needs,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“Unlike the LNP which slashed more than 2000 jobs from the TAFE sector, the Palaszczuk Government has invested heavily in TAFE, as a premier provider of skills training for Queenslanders.
“The Palaszczuk Government knows what a difference the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and major projects like, Queen’s Wharf will make to Queensland’s already strong tourism industry.
“But with a booming tourism industry in Queensland there will be increased demand for qualified chefs in Queensland’s hotels, restaurants and cafés.
“The development of our hospitality and tourism industry is critical for future economic growth and TAFE Queensland and Le Cordon Bleu have a real opportunity to deliver workforce solutions across an expanding sector,” Minister D’Ath said.
TAFE will deliver two acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu programmes - Diplôme de Cuisine (Certificate III in Commercial Cookery) and Diplôme de Pâtisserie (Certificate III in Pâtisserie).
TAFE Queensland already plays an important role in the training of the future workforce in tourism and hospitality. Industry collaborations such as the Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School, in conjunction with the Star Entertainment Group, are training students in six-star hospitality service, to give visitors a quality experience with the Queensland touch.

“As Queensland’s international reputation as a tourist destination grows, there is estimated to be an extra 20,000 skilled workers needed in hospitality and tourism by 2020,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“TAFE Queensland is already training more than 600 apprentices in various hospitality trades, and partnerships such as these will only serve to grow this ever- expanding sector.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to helping people realise that hospitality is a long-term career, and the world class reputation of Le Cordon Bleu will go a long way towards achieving this.

“Right across Queensland there are unique opportunities and experiences for people working in hospitality and tourism. From the beaches of the Gold Coast to the tip of Cape York to the Outback, tourism and hospitality opportunities will continue to grow.

“Only the Palaszczuk Government recognises and plans for future needs by investing in training.  Tim Nicholls has a track record of attacking our TAFE, sacking TAFE staff, and cutting funding.

“We know the power that vocational education and training has to change people’s lives.”

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