Students encouraged to take up careers in cookery
A program to encourage high school students to choose commercial cookery and hospitality as a career has launched at Mount Lawley Senior High School.
- State Government supporting Hospitality Ambassador Program
- Aims to encourage more students to choose careers in cookery and hospitality, and improve retention rates in the industry
- Hospitality sector important in boosting tourism
Developed by Hospitality Group Training and FutureNow, with State Government funding through Tourism Western Australia, the program gives school students realistic information about careers in commercial cookery and hospitality, using chef ambassadors as advocates.
It will also deliver a pilot mentoring program for a select group of apprentice chefs in the first six months of their career, to assist in improving retention rates.
Stage one of the program includes 52 visits to metropolitan schools and four visits to South-West schools with chef ambassadors, as well as three master classes with 'celebrity' chefs. Stage two involves the delivery of a mentoring program aimed at reducing the high drop-out rate among apprentice chefs, which is currently sitting at 50 per cent in the first six months.
This will include establishing a telephone hotline, mentoring for 50 apprentices, collecting information from participants, and a proposal to develop an ongoing mentoring program for hospitality apprentices.
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"There is great value in WA having a thriving hospitality sector.
"Quality hospitality offerings complement the State's growing tourism industry, and food and wine tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry worldwide.
"WA's high-quality food and beverages attract around 400,000 dedicated gourmet travellers each year, who are travelling to the State to not only enjoy what is produced here but also how it is cooked.
"Without talented chefs and other hospitality staff, this sector won't continue to flourish."
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"The hospitality sector is one of the biggest employing industries in the State, employing some 97,000 Western Australians and continuing to grow.
"Chefs trained in WA go on to do amazing things, earning themselves positions at some of the world's most famous restaurants.
"Bringing the kitchen to the classroom will give WA students an inside look at the industry while encouraging them to consider an apprenticeship or career, and supporting them through that decision process."
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700