The picturesque Fraser Coast in Queensland is growing at a great rate and has been identified as a key hub for current and future hospitality trade.
Tourism growth has been projected to increase from -1 percent in 2017 to 6 percent by 2020, with those figures again expected to rise now that borders have reopened. Since 2013, the number of students enrolled in Hospitality studies has increased by 400 percent and this is predicted to continue.
Looking to the future, the tourism and hospitality industries will need a high volume of suitably qualified workers who are able to find and maintain employment in a regional area. While this may be challenging for young people, St James Lutheran College, Hervey Bay has recognised those needs and the importance of being about to provide best practice training opportunities to ensure students are qualified and work-ready.
With support from the LLL, stage one has been completed, with two general learning areas, a canteen and a specialist hospitality centre already in use.
Commercial kitchen facilities will allow catering for large scale functions to provide students with valid and authentic work experience. Students can also work in conjunction with other subject departments to cater for events, providing “real world” experience for students to develop and refine their skills in collaboration, teamwork and effective communication.
The College is looking to include an al fresco area adjacent to the hospitality facility where parents and carers can meet for special College events or weekly morning teas, providing an opportunity for parents to socialise with the school community, and provide additional opportunities for work experience.
Stage Two, which are at the tender stage, will include a performing arts centre and upgrade to student services. Once completed, the College will be one of the most advanced schools in the region, providing invaluable opportunities.
Staff and students welcome the new Canteen and Hospitality spaces at St James Lutheran College.
The LLL prides itself on providing savings accounts that are simple to operate, with a variable interest rate and no fees or charges. The LLL has a variety of savings accounts: personal and joint accounts; guardian accounts for children; and business accounts, including for self-managed super funds and not-for-profit organisations.
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