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The kitchen and simulated restaurant … has given me an insight into what it is like to work in a restaurant. You can try a bit of everything from learning how to make coffee and responsibly serving alcohol, to perfecting customer service and wine pairing.
In hospitality time is of the essence. Employers are crying out for graduates who know their way around a kitchen and have skills to hit the ground running. That’s why TAFE NSW is focussed on hands-on learning experiences, in real or closely simulated environments.
For TAFE NSW Hospitality student Meg, our fully-licensed training restaurant, Dharra Ngurang (Wiradjuri for eating out) is the perfect learning location.
The restaurant is run by our Commercial Cookery and Hospitality students and is open to the public. You can experience 3-course meals, table service, wine pairing and, of course, excellent customer service. It’s these skills that secure employment for our graduates.
There is no experience substitute for a full-service dining room with paying customers and real-time demands, to prepare students for life in this dynamic industry.
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The hospitality industry is big, diverse and operating 24 hours a day. It includes kitchen and hospitality management of restaurants and cafés, motel and hotel management, resorts, casinos, bars and clubs.
The skills you learn in a TAFE NSW hospitality or hospitality management course are valued and transferrable across industries. When you study with us you learn in real or simulated work environments, so you are ready to use your new skills as soon as you graduate.
If you love people and making someone’s day (or night), a career in hospitality may be for you!
We provide a range of short and longer courses to help you start a career in hospitality, fill a skills gap, or take your expertise to the next level.
You can take a short course in wine appreciation, cocktail making, barista skills, hygiene and safety, or financial skills for hospitality. You can also learn about responsible service of alcohol (RSA) and responsible conduct of gambling (RCG) and receive an interim competency card to work in these areas.
Our certificate courses equip you with practical skills to work in the hospitality industry, become a valued employee and progress all the way to hospitality management.
Learn how to manage a business in the hospitality industry with a hospitality management course at TAFE NSW.
The Diploma of Hospitality Management prepares you for a role in bar, restaurant, club or hotel management. In this course, you will learn essential operational and financial hospitality management skills and refine your leadership style. The Advanced Diploma builds on your existing leadership skills and sets you up for a senior management role with more responsibility.
Graduates of the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Hospitality go onto roles such as:
- Restaurant or food and beverage supervisor
- Front office supervisor or guest service agent (motel, hotel accommodation)
- Gaming supervisor or attendant
- Food and beverage attendant or senior bar attendant
Graduate from the Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management and go on to a career as a:
- Café owner or manager
- Food and beverage manager
- Food service manager
- Motel owner or manager
- Bar or restaurant manager
- Licensed club manager
- Hotel manager
- Duty manager
You can choose to develop skills to land a job with a short course in a specific area like barista skills, responsible service of alcohol (RSA) or a responsible conduct of gambling (RCG).
You can then build leadership skills with the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.
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What job opportunities could a hospitality course lead to?
A hospitality course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from running a cocktail bar to working in silver service for five-star hotels and venues.
Qualifications in hospitality can lead to a job as:
- services manager
- hotel manager
- cafe owner
- bar supervisor
The average weekly salary for a services manager is $1,415.
Whether you’re just starting out in your hospitality career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.
TAFE courses in this area include:
- Responsible Service of Alcohol
- Event Management
- Food Handling
- Hospitality Management
- Leadership and Management
- Kitchen Operations
- Food Safety Supervision