TAFE Hospitality teacher Jason Ford believes the hospitality industry offers unparalleled opportunities for qualified people, including the ability to work anywhere in the world

May 14, 2015

An Open Night at the Kingaroy TAFE College on Wednesday drew a good crowd of potential new students eager to find out what the South Burnett’s leading vocational training centre has to offer.

Apart from a free sausage sizzle and soft drinks, the night gave potential new students the chance to talk with TAFE instructors, inspect the classrooms and facilities, and find out more about what each course offers and the career prospects that could open up for successful graduates.

Hospitality teacher – and well-known South Burnett chef – Jason Ford believes his own field offers exciting prospects for students.

“I’ve worked in hospitality most of my life and the career prospects are very good,” Jason said.

“A trained chef can work pretty well anywhere in the world. Or they can start their own cafe, restaurant or catering business if they prefer.

“It’s demanding work. But it offers many opportunities for young people that other career paths might not.”

Early Childhood Education teacher Christine Batt was equally keen to show potential students the range of opportunities that educating young children offers.

The growth of child care centres in the last decade has led to a big increase in demand for properly qualified staff right around Australia.

And metal fabrication and welding instructor Allan Bock confessed he’s still learning after a lifetime in the trade.

“I started out doing one set of things when I was young, and gradually moved into different fields as my skills grew,” Allan said.

“Each new thing I took up meant I had to learn a bit more. And that’s still true today, even after 15 years teaching for TAFE.

“In the courses I teach we cover everything from drawing up plans for an object through to building the end result. The career prospects for graduates are pretty good.”

More details about TAFE Queensland South West, Kingaroy TAFE and courses currently on offer can be found on the Kingaroy TAFE website.
 

Josh Seymour came along with his dad Steele to talk to Metal Welding & Fabrication teacher Allan Bock about opportunities in that sector; Josh said he was looking at course options, and Allan was happy to answer questions based on his own real-life experiences

Early Childhood Education teacher Christine Batt offers students both Certificate III and Diploma level training
Peter Mcfarlane from the Teacher Capability Team chats with TAFE Business Development Officer Rob Fitz-Herbert
Brothers Lachlan and Andrew came from Nanango for the Open Night to find out more about TAFE's local offerings; Andrew is interested in IT but Lachlan is still exploring his options

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