Sharing skills and expertise to build the jobs of the future

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to creating the jobs of the future through innovative training scholarships at the Drysdale Centre of Excellence.

Tourism and hospitality professionals will be trained to share their skills and knowledge with others in the industry and 11 industry experts have been awarded the inaugural Industry Trainer Scholarships to give them formal qualifications.

We know tourism and hospitality is booming in Tasmania and the Government has a goal to grow the number of jobs in this sector to 50,000 by 2022.

To meet this goal people who are successful in tourism and hospitality can give something back by sharing their knowledge with others and helping to train the next generation of workers and entrepreneurs.

The scholarships recognise that our future tourism and hospitality workforce need skills that are contemporary and reflect current industry best-practice.

It is part of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s record $324 million investment in education, including 358 more staff and $192 million in education and training infrastructure, which is only possible due to our strong financial management.

This includes an extension until June 2021 of the Payroll Tax Rebate to support the employment of 3000 new apprentices and trainees.

The calibre of people receiving these Trainer Scholarships is extremely high and they come from a diverse range of backgrounds including commercial cookery, event management, adventure tourism, accommodation services and hospitality management.  

All of the recipients have industry support from their employer or a key industry body such as the Tasmanian Hospitality Association or Tourism Industry Council Tasmania.

Recipients will gain qualifications through TasTAFE to work as a trainer in a vocational education training environment. This could include as a sessional or casual teacher at Drysdale or within an industry setting.

Congratulations to the Drysdale Centre of Excellence for this innovative program and the 11 inaugural recipients for taking on new training and qualifications for the betterment of the whole industry.

The Drysdale Industry Trainer Scholarship Program recipients are:

  • Cara McEwen, Venue Manager Willie Smith’s Apple Shed – South
  • Danielle Hyland, Sous Chef Bayviews Restaurant & Lounge Bar - North West
  • Fiona Gordon, Partner/Director – Great Expeditions Unique Tours/Contractor for THA’s Great Customer Experience Program/Consultant-Project Management – Wukalina Walk - North
  • Harry Cuthbertson, Chef  The Chapel CafĂ© – North West
  • Kate Wittison, Front Office Manager The Grand Chancellor - South
  • Mette Dawe, Senior Team Leader Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre - South
  • Shayne Jupp, Restaurant Manager Blue Eye Seafood Restaurant – South
  • Stephanie Stinkens, Front of House Supervisor Blue Eye Seafood Restaurant – South
  • Steven Wierzbicki, Head Chef Entally Estate and Quamby Estate & Food Consult for Tasmanian Walking Company - North
  • Urs Grueter, Senior Guide Cradle Mountain Canyons – South
  • Victoria Kubiak, Duty Manager Mackey’s Royal Hotel – North West

Round two of the scholarships will be released in February 2019.

15 November 2018