WA’s hospitality and tourism industries will be getting extra support with a new facility to produce job-ready workers, the McGowan Government has revealed.
The government has announced a hospitality and tourism training centre at the South Metropolitan TAFE Mandurah campus, to improve the Peel region’s capacity produce
As part of the WA Recovery Plan, the $9.17 million centre will boost the state’s capacity to train job-ready, highly skilled chefs, front of house staff as well as events management and tourism workers.
It will focus on training apprentice chefs and engaging local secondary students, young people and long-term unemployed in vocational education and training.
The Mandurah facility is part of the McGowan Government’s $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.
The plan includes $167.3 million in capital works projects across WA, $25 million for free TAFE short courses, $32 million to expand the Lower fees local skills program and $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive.
Premier Mark McGowan said the facility would give southern suburbs a training centre equaling other centres around the state.
“In those areas of hospitality, baristas, cooking, there will an excellent new training facility here at Mandurah TAFE,” Mr McGowan said.
“We just want to make sure that we have the best training facilities and we also get people out there building these training facilities.”
“We’re fixing TAFE and in the process, we’re building lots of jobs.”
Mr McGowan said it would help supporting the return of hospitality following COVID-19.
“Hospitality is roaring back. I don’t know if you’ve been in some of the cafes and restaurants and pubs around the place but they’re roaring back to life,” he said.
“That’s been going on now for the last month or six weeks.”
Education Minister Sue Ellery said it would boost jobs in a key area of employment for younger Western Australians.
“Having people from WA trained in delivering top-class tourism and hospitality experiences will be crucial to the State’s economic recovery post COVID-19,” she said.
Member for Mandurah David Templeman said it would help grow tourism in Mandurah.
“Hospitality goes hand in hand with that,” Mr Templeman said.
“This facility, this investment by the McGowan Government will make sure that young people that are seeking a career path in hospitality can be well trained here, work locally and of course acquire the skills that they can utilise in a whole range of hospitality ventures in the future.”