Thanks to a partnership between her employer and Gympie TAFE, Tori Ross is working toward her Certificate III in Hospitality.
Thanks to a partnership between her employer and Gympie TAFE, Tori Ross is working toward her Certificate III in Hospitality. Renee Pilcher

Matching job and TAFE skills

A WANDER down Mary St for many people ends at City Cafe and Takeaway, where Irene and Bryan Williams serve up a delicious array of food as well as top-notch coffee.

But it’s not just their flair for tasty treats that has customers returning.

The couple also has a keen eye for good staff and by working in partnership with the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE they are helping to shape some great hospitality industry employees.

TAFE’s Gympie Campus business co-ordinator Corrie McColl said if people were thinking about the future needs of their business, then apprenticeships and traineeships were a great way to recruit staff and train employees.

“We integrate work-based training with campus training,” Mr McColl said.

Work-based trainee Tori Ross is a full time employee at City Café who is undertaking her Certificate III in Hospitality with Gympie TAFE.

Traineeships generally run for 12 months to two years and encompass training in a variety of skills.

Tori has worked at the cafe since February. “I’m enjoying it,” she said. “It’s really good – you get to work and you are trained at the same time.”

Wide Bay Institute of TAFE prides itself on providing quality, flexible training programs to clients ranging from small local operations to major national corporations.

City Cafe’s Mrs Williams said they were very happy with both their work-based and school-based trainees.

“I don’t have to worry about the theory side – we train them and teach them what we know,” she said.

The Wide Bay Institute of TAFE understands that not everyone can study full time at college and there is a range of study options that make it possible for just about anyone in any situation to undertake studies.

“We can help a business with their training needs,” Mr McColl said. “And we can offer a variety of training models for students. One of those models is you get paid to get a qualification.”

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