MasterChef boosts course popularity

ISN'T it amazing how a television program can make a Tafe course more popular.

For the last few years, Warwick Tafe Hospitality has been offering Cooking (Back of House) as part of its courses and, although there have always been the dedicated future chefs, most preferred Service and Bar (Food and Beverages - called Front of House). It sounds more than a coincidence that cooking enrolments have soared since MasterChef has been shown on television and there is now a waiting list at Warwick Tafe.

The hospitality teachers - Rob, Shelley and Jamie - are flat out training in many areas and locations. Here are some interesting courses taking place.

The Federal Government has funded the Three Ps - ie Productivity Places Program - for the unemployed to assist them to return to work.

Hospitality offers them Certificate III training free to students who have been successfully assessed by Jobs Australia Network. Upon selection, they can enrol at Warwick Tafe. As well, it is likely that the State Government will fund an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) in Hospitality. Once an applicant can validate previous work and is shown to be competent in certain units, they may gain recognition of their skills.

Hopefully, this will take place for there are many skilled people working in the hospitality industry who have no formal qualifications and therefore won't command a higher wage.

Once again, Shelley is looking at accompanying Year 12 Scots PGC College students to Seaworld for a three-day, two-night training experience. These students are doing their Certificate II Hospitality and this field trip will introduce them to marvellous opportunities in big time hospitality.

On August 12, a Goondiwindi student will host dinner at Horizons Restaurant as part of his final assessment. It will be an open restaurant, so please book as soon as possible. This student will have other hospitality students as his staff, but he will have all the responsibility for planning the menu, budgeting and costing, cooking and preparation, drinks and bar service, background music, decor and the theme of the dinner, which I believe will be a French buffet.

Hospitality is hosting a Girl Guides dinner on September 2 to coincide with Father's Day. This time Warwick High School students will be preparing the meal under the supervision of teachers and providing the service of food and beverages.

Night courses will once again be available through popular demand.

Rob has organised a Bush Tucker class and can take 20 students only. He's also planning Gourmet Barbecue night classes and maybe Thai, Italian and Chinese cooking. All this is dependent on expressions of interest.

He's also intending to run another bar course, so stay in touch with hospitality.

Don't forget the Tafe students' exhibition on tomorrow and Wednesday for the Jumpers and Jazz celebrations.

Please ring either of the above teachers at Warwick Tafe - 4660 4600 - for further information.

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