Cookery Apprenticeships Set to Rise

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The Northern Sydney Institute in collaboration with Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) is set to welcome hundreds of eager hospitality students on their pathway to success.

The new Certificate III in Commercial Cookery enables students the opportunity to become a trade qualified cook while employed in a commercial kitchen environment one year less than the traditional pathway.

As part of the recently launched Skills Pathways project, the initiative aims to make apprenticeship more attractive to those aspiring to enter the industry, increase the quality of apprentices and up skill chefs and supervisors.

The $7 million project, which has been co-funded by the Australian Government’s Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships initiative, is based on competency rather than time.

The Institute expects the Certificate lll in Commercial Cookery to be very successful with up to 58 apprenticeships available in Northern Sydney.

Faculty Manager of Tourism, Hospitality and Horticulture, Andrea Poletti, said the new pathways are a great initiative.

“This new flexible system allows apprentices to gain quality training at the Northern Sydney Institute, some great experience in the workplace and an assessment system that gets the best out of the students,” she said.

“The competency-based progression style will ensure quality apprentices in all areas of the hospitality industry and help retain them in the workplace to address the skills shortage,” said Ms Poletti.

Restaurant & Catering CEO John Hart observed that apprenticeship is the most effective training pathway particularly for young people entering the hospitality industry. He noted that ‘the on and off the job learning provides the most ‘job-ready’ graduates’.

“The Skills Pathways project supports TAFE NSW hospitality apprentices, cooks and chefs in completing their training and progressing their careers.

“Australia has a very good reputation in this industry and skills gained can be transferred to any part of the world – in fact they are sought after”, said Mr Hart.

Pathways Ambassador Dan Hong is confident in the program to help increase the number of apprentices currently working in his Merivale kitchens, with only two among his 40 employees.

“The Skills Pathways program has all the ingredients for the perfect recipe – I wish I had this sort of support when I was completing my apprenticeship”, said Mr Hong.

The program is supported by the Discover Hospitality website, which is the first online recruitment platform where users can store their electronic CV and supporting information in a free, convenient and secure ‘Skills Passport’.

Employers can track an employee’s training and career achievements on the website, which helps connect them with apprentices and chefs.

Those interested are encouraged to register their interest at or Watch the DVD here:

Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE is a member of the Tourism Industry Council NSW


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