Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett officially launched WA’s first training programs from the internationally renowned provider of culinary and hospitality based training, Le Cordon Bleu, at North Metropolitan TAFE on 26 April 2016.
The world-leading academy will boost hospitality training in WA and offer degrees in Tourism and Event Management
Le Cordon Bleu’s Perth location is the latest addition to existing schools in Melbourne Sydney and Adelaide, as well as more than 50 schools worldwide.
The purpose built facility at North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT – formerly Central Institute of Technology) will provide the highest level of hospitality education with two new degrees, a Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management and a Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management.
The degree programs will be delivered in collaboration with North Metropolitan TAFE, enhancing the State’s role as a key tourism and hospitality hub.
Mr Barnett said the partnership had come at an important time for WA as tourism and hospitality emerged as key industries for the State’s economic development.
“The accommodation and food services industry is an important source of jobs for the State, accounting for 6.6 per cent of Western Australia’s total workforce in 2015,” he said.
“The addition of Le Cordon Bleu’s world-class training at North Metropolitan TAFE will ensure we are at the forefront of skills development in the tourism and hospitality industry.
“The degree programs will also support the growth of international education in WA and promote Perth as a great place to study and work.”
Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said students enrolled in both Bachelor of Business qualifications would commence their study in June 2016, with training carried out at the North Metropolitan TAFE Northbridge campus.
“Students will be training in the cultural and hospitality heart of Perth, enabling them to observe what opportunities can arise from their chosen field of study,” she said.
“As a world leader in culinary and hospitality education, Le Cordon Bleu produces graduates who are highly sought after by industry. This will be an exciting opportunity for those people who have a passion to establish a rewarding career in this sector.
“The recently established North Metropolitan TAFE introduces a new dimension to the partnership. Specialised hospitality programs delivered from the Joondalup campus will strengthen training opportunities and allow the State’s tourism and hospitality industry to thrive.”
According to President of Le Cordon Bleu, Mr Andre Cointreau, all graduates will leave with a world-renowned qualification that opens doors and to an exciting, international career in gastronomy and hospitality.
“With over 120 years in service, we have a long tradition of in providing excellence in teaching the classics of cuisine, but now with a presence in more than 20 countries, our teaching reflects the internationalisation of culinary development around the world today. In this context we a very happy to be opening a new Le Cordon Bleu in Perth, which is regarded as a leader in culinary and gastronomy excellence in Australia.”
Research by the Australian Tourism Commission states, 53 per cent of tourists view food and wine experiences as the number one highlight of their trip to Australia. This, coupled with the fact that Australia is considered second only to France in food and wine experiences by overseas travellers is another reason why Le Cordon Bleu continues to invest in education facilities around Australia.