TAFE promoted to a million-plus audience

Kerri Carr

Standing up for TAFE ... Kitty Flanagan

Teachers and industry leaders known that TAFE courses have a reputation for high-quality teaching and learning, and TAFE NSW students and graduates regularly collect gold, silver and bronze at international WorldSkills competitions.

Yet reality teleivision often portrays a different path to a career as a chef, and comedian Kitty Flanagan took aim at these shows while hosting the 2016 Logies, and giving TAFE a positive, albeit tongue-in-cheek, plug to the large TV audience.

“There are people on Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules saying cooking has always been my dream. I wish people had told them about TAFE,” comedian Kitty Flanagan said.

“Obviously TAFE is a little bit different — you will learn to cook with ingredients and utensils rather than cooking with your heart.

“You will also learn to put food on the plate rather than putting yourself on the plate.”

TAFE offers:

  • apprenticeships in commercial cookery, bakery and butchery
  • Certificate I, II and III courses in food and beverage
  • Certificate IV in hospitality management
  • advanced diploma course in hospitality management
  • a range of short courses to up-skill people in hospitality.

Without TAFE graduates from cookery, baking, hospitality management and food service there would simply be no hospitality industry in Australia. But TAFE is currently under attack from government policies on privatisation, with campuses around Australia closing. The whole of the Crows Nest campus, which includes state-of-the-art hospitality facilities, is closing down due to government policies on the privatisation of vocational education and training. The college is to be transferred to the Department.

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