Regional students will be shown a clear path to tertiary education with tools, resources and delivery models to be developed through a new partnership launched by Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon. Peter Hall MP.
William Angliss Institute, the specialist centre for foods, tourism, hospitality and events, will lead the project together with Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, South West Institute of TAFE and Gipps TAFE, to strengthen the foods, tourism and hospitality education offer for regional students through delivery models unbound by time and place.
Minister Hall today greeted the TAFE and Industry partners and students from regional Victoria at the project launch, held at William Angliss Institute’s Melbourne campus, to announce contribution of $790,553 from the Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund. With additional contributions from partner organisations, the total project cost is over $1.3 million.
“As the strength of regional Victoria’s tourism and hospitality offering continues to grow, we’re excited that this collaborative project will allow students from regional areas access to the education that will enable them to be a part of the growth of these industries in their own communities,” says William Angliss Institute CEO Nicholas Hunt, leader of the project steering committee.
Each project partner will be involved in developing the program to ensure it meets regional industry needs with the goal to attract and retain regional Victorian’s seeking to further their skills within the foods, tourism and hospitality industries.
The two year project aims to create a seamless pathway to support the transition for regional students to higher education, with at least two additional higher education (degree) programs to be developed through the funding. Scholarships for regional students will also be offered.
“For regional students, this means a flexibility in delivery which will make tourism and hospitality education a possibility for people who were previously limited due to distance,” continues Hunt.
The regional tourism educational pathways project aims to enrol 180 students by 2015.
William Angliss Institute currently delivers regional training through apprenticeships and traineeships across Australia and through industry-based training, but the new resources and delivery options will open up that opportunity to all individuals, regardless of employment status.