Kylie is restoring her future

38-year old mother of two Kylie (surname withheld) joined her classmates in a practical work experience project at Bull Creek’s John Creaney Park last week as part of her studies in AgriFood Operations.

Kylie enrolled in the Certificate I course at North Metropolitan TAFE after seeking refuge following a domestic violence situation.

Leaving school in Year 10 and marrying her husband at the age of 17, Kylie had spent the last 20-years as a stay-at-home mum and carer.

“I’ve been stuck inside the house all these years and I’d lost a lot of skills and confidence,” said Kylie. “My garden with my chickens was the only thing that kept me sane all of those years – I grew everything and it was my therapy and medicine.”

Once Kylie was free from her troubled life, she decided to use her passion for agriculture to learn new skills, meet new people and improve her employment prospects.

“Having been out of school for more than 20 years, I was very nervous about attending TAFE but once I got to know the group and we all shared our life stories, I realised how amazing the course was and I haven’t missed a day of TAFE since starting,” she said.

“I had never even caught the train before coming to TAFE. Now I have skills and confidence that will help me get a job doing something I love. I’m strong, independent and I’m getting my life back.”

Kylie hopes to secure an outdoors job in agriculture once she graduates and move out of a Women’s Refuge and into her very own home with her 16-year old daughter.

North Metropolitan TAFE’s General Education Lecturer Paul Clarke explained that the tree planting initiative with the City of Melville provided students with a practical, real-life project that taught them skills in communication, professionalism and time management.

“Many of these students have come from challenging backgrounds so this project has given them the skills, motivation and confidence required to improve their lives,” said Paul.

“Students have had to manage this project from woe to go – communicating with the City of Melville representative about supplies required, learning about the trees they are tasked to plant and planning all aspects of the planting day.”

The students have spent two days per week restoring the over-grown gardens of vacated houses for Uniting Care West, to prepare the houses for families in desperate need of a home.

Japanese students get a taste of Perth’s culinary scene

A Japanese study group from Kagawa College of Culinary and Confectionery Arts (KCCCA) undertook a four-week study tour to North Metropolitan TAFE in Joondalup recently during their summer break.

The group of fifteen 19-20 year old students enjoyed two weeks of cookery classes; one week of English language classes; and one week on work placement at various restaurants at the Crown Casino Complex.

North Metro TAFE’s Director of Hospitality Patrick O’Brien said the program is designed to teach the students new skills and techniques that differ from those used in Japan.

“They get to cook with an abundance of different local foods such as Kangaroo, truffles and Marron and get to view demonstrations by industry experts in butchery of a lamb and breaking down and portioning various fish species, for example.”

During their stay in Perth, students were billeted out to homestay families across the northern suburbs where they got to experience the Australian culture and easy going lifestyle first hand.

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KCCCA student Rina Mikami enjoyed her four-week stay in Perth and said the highlight was getting to work in one of Perth’s top restaurants at Crown Perth.

“It was a challenge to understand the different accents of English spoken by international staff at restaurants, but the working atmosphere was so much fun,” said Rina.

“Prior learning in TAFE kitchen and English classes certainly helped me working in the busy kitchens.”

KCCCA Principal Mitsuo Furukawa travelled to Perth with the study group for a 3-day visit where he got the opportunity to participate in cookery classes and see the students in action.

“It was a pleasure to meet staff and see the students learning new and different methods of cooking including sous vide and pasta machine, using unfamiliar and interesting food material. More individual teaching such as completing and presenting a plate on their own was thoroughly enjoyed. ”

This partnership between KCCCA and North Metro TAFE is in its third year, with the popularity of the program and student numbers continuing to increase.

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Premier Launches Le Cordon Bleu Institute

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.”

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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.