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Skills Passport: Your online professional portfolio!Track your training and career achievements in your very own Skills Passport.

Free, convenient and secure, the online Skills Passport allows you to house your CV, career plan, qualifications, achievements, and references in one convenient and highly functional place!

Once you’ve created your Skills Passport profile you can search and apply for jobs within the system, knowing that employers will be able to instantly review your Skills Passport profile. Presenting yourself to potential employers has never been easier!

Head on over and create your Skills Passport profile now!

What's in it for me?

Skills Passport: Your online professional portfolio!

Your own online professional portfolio, visible to 10s of thousands of employers who are looking for new and skilled team members, just like you!

Employers are using Skills Passport as their priority for finding just the right person today!

Upload your details, your gravatar, as well as the following professional information about yourself:

  • Your education
  • Your employment history
  • Your achievements
  • Referee details and references
  • Your vision (or your career plan to be dull about it)
  • Your CV

All these details (and more to come) will be visible to Skills Passport employers.

In addition, you can search for and find jobs, often exclusive to Skills Passport members, and customise your profile by way of the types of position you are looking for, so that employers can zero in on you, yes you, putting you at the front of the queue and ready to take on that role!

Head on over and create your Skills Passport profile now!

Should I bother?

Skills Passport: Your online professional portfolio!

Skills Passport is growing rapidly, and so are the things you can do there! Soon you’ll be able to create your own video and image gallery so that you can demonstrate your skills in realtime!

You’ll also be able to create your own PDF version of your CV, your Skills Passport in portable form, including all your details above and links to your video and image gallery and online Skills Passport. Exposing yourself (in a good way) has never been easier!

Not only that, but your online Skills Passport will have its own URL and you will be able to apply for jobs within Skills Passport itself, cutting through the masses of applicants and ensuring that you get noticed! Skills Passport employers are using the system to reduce time in wading through applicants and are prioritising applicants with a fully populated, impressive (like you), Skills Passport online portfolio.

SO…get involved and expose yourself now! Visit Skills Passport to create your profile and get busy. Your next big thing is waiting for you! What are you waiting for?

Apprentice Skills Pathways

Let us help ignite your career

Apply to be part of the Skills Pathways Program and we’ll find the right apprenticeship and training for you. We’ll match you with the right restaurant and registered training organisation. Importantly we’ll provide on-going support and a Skills Passport to monitor your progress along the way.

The initial phase of this program covers the following 4 courses:

  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery — Apprenticeship

You will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge needed to operate as a trade cook in a commercial kitchen. You will learn how to produce quality foods, plan menus, control costs and work as part of a team in a hospitality environment. Practice skills will be developed for the hygienic preparation and service of a range of meals in a professional manner. The course also contains a range of elective units specific for various industry sectors.
Download the brochure (PDF 500KB)

  • Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

This certificate is for qualified cooks and recognises prior learning and training. This course builds on your trade qualification and will develop your knowledge and understanding of hospitality management. You will gain an additional skills set encompassing human resources, customer service, finance and work health and safety practices, whilst exercising your own judgement and flair.
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  • Certificate III in Hospitality (Apprenticeship — Front of House)

This competency-based pathway program provides entry-level practical skills and relevant theoretical knowledge in: providing service to customers, safe work practices , coaching, hygiene practises for food safety, introduction to food knowledge, food and beverage service, coffee and beverage knowledge. The course also contains a range of electives that will enhance your skill set.
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  • Apprentice Supervision

Have you considered a supervisory role? The Skills Pathways Program can support you in undertaking formal training that assists in the effective management of apprentices and identifies what to do and where to go for support, such as the Apprenticeship Mentors at Restaurant & Catering Australia.
Download the brochure (PDF 500KB)

The registered training organisations participating in this Skills Pathways Program are:

Apply online now!


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Barossa icon congratulates course participants

Barossa icon Maggie Beer visited TAFE SA’s Barossa Campus on Wednesday to congratulate the participants of a pilot short course. Their new skills and knowledge assisted in learning about providing nutritionally balanced meals for older Australians that are in care.

The ‘Enhancing your cookery skills and nutrition knowledge in aged care’ course was developed by a working group in response to an identified need to provide cooks and caterers with the latest information on nutrition and preparing food for people in aged-care facilities.

The working group comprised of industry experts including Ellis Wilkinson from Hotel Services Management Solutions and high-profile chef Simon Bryant, as well as representatives of the Maggie Beer Foundation, the Institute of Hospitality in HealthCare and TAFE SA.

The short course aims to empower the industry’s current and future workers with the skills and knowledge to make changes that will meet the demands of an aging population. The inaugural three-session course attracted a full enrolment of 15 people from aged care facilities in the Barossa Valley region, Adelaide and even Melbourne.

Mrs Beer joined participants during their final session to discuss what they had learned, distribute Certificates of Completion and gather feedback to guide future course delivery. She said she wanted to increase awareness of the need to provide more nutritious, full flavoured food to people in aged care, but was aware of the lack of focus and training in the sector.

At Tasting Australia in May, Mrs Beer hosted a “Food in Aged Care” think session to garner ideas from industry experts and bring national attention to the issue. “Getting pleasure from food that is full of flavour and nutrition brings about so many benefits, especially in a care environment, That’s why we need to put a spotlight on aged care cookery training and provide the skills, know-how and confidence to cooks to bring about the changes the industry needs" she said.

“This TAFE SA short course is the first step in bringing about those positive changes and I congratulate the participants in wanting to enhance their knowledge and spread the message to others.”

Story from Barossa Herald, 1 July 2016


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TAFE QLD Hotel and Hospitality School

TAFE Queensland's Hotel and Hospitality School (QHHS) is training the next generation of five and six-star workers and invites outstanding applicants to join their flagship program,



Queensland's next generation of chefs and hospitality workers will soon be six-star trained following the signing of a landmark agreement between TAFE Queensland and Echo Entertainment Group today finalised their partnership to create the new Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School.

With delivery at TAFE Queensland's South Bank and Gold Coast campuses and partner hotel premises, the school will deliver tailored programs and qualifications to meet developing industry requirements and international standard, providing real-world experience and better preparing students for a career in hospitality.

"This is about jobs for Queenslanders and taking our training in this important industry up a notch to compete with the best in the world," said Jodi Schmidt, TAFE QLD's CEO. This is a very important sector to Queensland's economy. The tourism industry generates 241,000 jobs and delivers $23 billion in Gross State Product for the state." Ms Schmidt said the Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School will ensure students are ready to work in five and six star hotels and the region's finest restaurants, lifting the quality of the entire industry in South East Queensland and, importantly, raise the bar of service culture ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth.

Echo Entertainment Group CEO Matt Bekier said the initiative will develop the talent and capability of a highly skilled workforce that will provide exceptional standards of service, hospitality and cutting edge product and service innovation to the hospitality and tourism industry.

"We're proud to support these new offerings which will further encourage students to pursue tailored education and training to underpin a profession in the tourism industry. Queensland has world-class beaches, a world-class reef and world-class scenery. We need to ensure our people in the hospitality industry are world-class as well. It's management's responsibility to ensure staff have the training and development they need. We want the best trained staff in the best run facilities that are as good as any in the world."

The announcement builds on the existing relationship between Echo Entertainment Group and TAFE Queensland, which already supports the next generation of chefs through the Echo Culinary Institute, creating opportunities for training and mentoring through the Apprentice Chef program.

Industry employers including Hilton Brisbane, Palazzo Versace, Hotel Jen and Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane welcome the initiative. Under the initiative, industry partners will train future generations of highly skilled tourism and hospitality employees to provide exceptional standards of service.

The first training agreement sees the new school providing three new opportunities:

  • 6 Star International Hospitality Service Programs (15 students each, with a program on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane starting 24 August 2015): a bespoke program to deliver industry-ready frontline graduates with the service skills required for luxury 6 star properties. The program will be delivered as an intensive three month program, both on campus and on site with leading hospitality partners, and will incorporate  an accredited Certificate III in Hospitality

  • Culinary Arts Apprenticeships (15 students starting September 2015): This apprenticeship model will deliver a high level commercial cookery apprenticeship up to a certificate IV level, to help deliver future culinary stars to provide the finest in contemporary cuisine to the highest of international standards

  • Front of House Apprenticeships (4 apprentices starting July 2015): Echo Entertainment is supporting this industry-led initiative designed to  create exemplary food and beverage specialists with a recognised trade qualification for this profession within the hospitality industry

Should the Destination Brisbane Consortium, of which Echo Entertainment is a partner, be successful in its bid for Queen's Wharf Brisbane, the opportunities will increase significantly. "Destination Brisbane Consortium's bid for Queen's Wharf includes five high-end hotels including one six-star hotel, 50 food and beverage outlets and other entertainment facilities. This would provide tourism and hospitality trainees with first-hand, industry-leading experience at these facilities through trainee and apprenticeship programs. The Destination Brisbane Consortium is committed to delivering a world-class development in the city and to do that, we need world-class chefs, world-class hotel staff and world-class hospitality staff."

Attached is a pdf version of a recent story in careerone highlighting one of our first graduates as he moves into employment at the Treasury Casino and Hotel.  There is also a story about apprentice chef’s at Jupiters Hotel & Casino.


Visit TAFE QLD for more information on courses or call direct on 1300 308 233


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