Savannah secures Skal scholarship

Diploma of Travel and Tourism student, Savannah Grime, was the winner of the Brian Phillipson Scholarship, presented by Perth Skål International Past President, Mark Abercromby.

Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders from around the world. The scholarship is an annual award given to an outstanding travel and tourism student, to support and encourage their journey in the industry.

Savannah gave an assured acceptance speech after being presented with the scholarship.

“I am proud to represent Central and am grateful for the support, opportunity and encouragement given to me by my lecturers”, said Savannah.


Savannah’s travel bug came early in life following frequent business trips she went on with her father. She loves planning travel experiences for clients. Knowing the career path she wished to follow, she left Perth College to enrol in a Certificate III in Travel at Central and is clearly all set for a rich and rewarding career.

Flat whites and sharp skills

Central MD Neil Fernandes officially opened Central’s brand new Hospitality Tourism and Events live training space today.

Chalk and Cheese at Central will be a functioning café that allows students to train in barista skills, hospitality, bar skills, restaurant service skills, customer service and events management. The dynamic space gives students the opportunity to put theory into practice with real customers and real events.  It will be operating as a training café when students are doing their vocational industry practice.  Watch this space for opening hours.


Find out more about Central’s tourism and hospitality courses

Freshly Ground Courses

Fresh barista coffee, gourmet food, and an exciting and challenging workplace.  If this sounds good to you, then you might want to consider a career in hospitality.

Central now offers new hospitality courses designed to get you job ready with the best possible training and experience.

With courses ranging from a two-day accredited Barista course, up to the twelve month Advanced Diploma in Hospitality, Central has whatever level of hospitality training you’re looking for.

Hospitality students will learn in Central’s training café/bar, Chalk and Cheese, to hone their skills in a realistic environment.

During their studies students will learn all about, food hygiene and preparation, barista skills, handling financial transactions and beverage preparation.

For students enrolled in the Certificate III and above, Central will place students into the hospitality industry, so they have the opportunity to put their skills into a real life environment and learn on the job.

Central has great partnerships with a large number of leading, local, establishments and is well placed to find work experience, wherever your interest may lie.

With more and more cafés, small bars, restaurants and hotels opening up in WA there has never been a better time, or a better way, to get into hospitality.

Hospitality courses

Events in Practice

Study is the perfect time to meet new people, learn new skills and put them into practice to prepare for what lays ahead.

Based on the reactions of students and industry, the future is bright for Central Events students.

During March, Events students tried their hand by helping out at the Perth Bridal Fair and Sculptures at Bathers.

The work experience saw the students participate in real industry events and gain valuable insights into working in the industry.

The students turned theory into practice as they helped organise and run the events with great success.

Like most students, James Fagan found working at Sculptures at Bathers to be an invaluable experience that put what he was learning into perspective.

“As a Certificate three student, it was a perfect environment to sample the events world and immerse myself, without too much responsibility. 
It was refreshing to attend an activity that was relevant to the course I study. I was able to see how different areas of the course were put into practice and use what I had learnt in communication, networking and customer service,” James said.

“I believe most of the students learnt some valuable skills from the interaction with the general population, the staff at Kidodo and Tony and Pam Jones,” he continued.

But it wasn’t just the students who found the experience rewarding, Perth Bridal Fair Director, Kym Oates was overwhelmed by how professional and enthusiastic the students were.


“I just wanted to say how amazing the Central Tafe students were this year. They were by far the best we have had yet. I received so many wonderful, positive comments from exhibitors, staff and models about the group of girls that helped out over the weekend”, she said.

The tremendous support of industry work experience from students and industry alike is proof of the balance of theoretical and practical learning at Central.

Central’s Events training that gives you more than knowledge, it gives you industry experience to put you at the head of the pack.

For information on Central Events training click here

Sculpting Success

Central Art graduates and lecturers enjoy continued success at the 11th annual Sculpture Walk at Deep Point Mt Pleasant with former Central student Lisa Dymond taking away the top prize.

The event features 27 sculptures and runs from 21 March to 6 April to showcase the talent of both established and emerging artists in an outdoor setting.

“The Sculpture Walk event gives us the opportunity to enjoy Deep Water Point in a new way and gain a deeper appreciation of our surroundings and I would encourage everyone who visits the Sculpture Walk to also walk along the new jetty, which is now wider and accessible to all and is the first phase in an overall redevelopment of the site,” said City of Melville Mayor Russel Aubrey.

Former Central students feature heavily in the exhibition with former students Tich Dixon, Isis Dorado, Lisa Dymond, Jonathon Holding, Belinda Mettam, Karen Millar and Lecturer Tony Jones all exhibiting sculptures.

This year’s Sculpture Walk prize winner, Lisa Dymond took home the top prize with her work ‘Where are the Carters? ‘ a great follow up to her high commendation the previous year. Her piece is all about bringing awareness to the plummeting population of fresh water mussels called Carters that used to be prolific in the Canning River.

Belinda Mettam’s sculpture ‘Illuminated Vessels’ was highly commended for her exploration of illumination from within.

If it’s the only exhibition you see this year, don’t miss the Sculpture Walk – another exhibition that showcases the calibre of Central’s art students.

'Illuminated Vessels' by Belinda Mettam
‘Illuminated Vessels’ by Belinda Mettam
Sculpture Walk
‘Global Division’ by Jonathan Holding
'Medusa Bloom' by Karen Millar
‘Medusa Bloom’ by Karen Millar
'Transit Reef' by Tony Jones
‘Transit Reef’ by Tony Jones


Central by the Sea

Central’s art graduates and lecturers continue to enjoy success in sculpture with their work again featured in the 10th annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.

Sculpture by the Sea features 74 sculptures from local, interstate and international artists spread out along and around the Cottesloe coastline.

This year features exhibits from former Central Students Kathy Allam and Helen Seiver and Senior Art lecturer and acclaimed sculptor Tony Jones.

It’s Kathy Allam’s fourth year at Sculpture by the Sea.  This year her ‘Green Dream’ work explores the desire to live cleaner and greener. The piece is made from recycled drink bottles collected from friends and neighbours and has solar powered LED lights that illuminate the sculpture after dark.

Kathy Allam's Green Dream
Kathy Allam’s Green Dream

Helen Seiver explores contemporary domestic responsibility for the disposal of plastic waste in her piece ‘Rescheduling Permanence’.  In her second appearance at Sculptures, Helen explores the devastating impact upon life in our waterways and oceans in an effort to bring greater consciousness to the problem.

Helen Seiver's Rescheduling Permanence
Helen Seiver’s Rescheduling Permanence

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Sculptures veteran Tony Jones makes his sixth appearance with his work entitled ‘Southern Passage’.

Year on year, current and former Central students feature at Sculpture by the Sea, so if you see yourself there one day, your best bet is to learn your craft with us.

Tony Jones' Southern Passage
Tony Jones’ Southern Passage