Food, Wine and Tourism
The Food, Wine and Tourism Gateway to Industry Schools Program aims to help young people make a successful transition from school into further education and or employment in the food, wine, hospitality and tourism industries. By blending school, vocational and academic curricula targeted to industry needs, students are learning about the food, wine and tourism industries and the career opportunities available.
By undertaking study in wine tourism, students have the opportunity to experience a range of careers in the industry, such as a vineyard hand, oenologist (wine maker), lab technician, cellar door manager, tour guide and food and beverage attendant.
Schools participating in the food, wine and tourism gateway program collaborate with industry to provide direct pathways for students in obtaining work or entering higher study in the food, wine and tourism industries. Students will gain valuable experience in the food, wine and tourism industries while still at school, providing them with the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions about training and employment on leaving school.
Participating schools, strategically located throughout the Queensland regions, are forming strong partnerships with their local food, wine and tourism industries to:
- raise the profile of careers in food, wine and tourism
- develop and implement curriculum that encompasses a wide range of food, wine and tourism related activities
- create opportunities for work experience, structured work placements and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships
- strengthen positive collaborations
- give young people a head start into the industries
- provide professional development to teachers to enhance their knowledge and skills in food, wine and tourism
- recognise the best and brightest through annual awards.
Matt Golinski becomes a Gateway Schools Chef
Celebrity chef Matt Golinski has partnered with the Food, Wine and Tourism Gateway to Industry Schools Program to share his knowledge and skills with the next generation of chefs.
As a Gateway Schools Chef, Matt will work with high school culinary teachers in selected schools across Queensland to provide them with the latest skills and standards their students will need to pursue a career in the food, wine, hospitality or tourism industries.
Mr Golinski said he believed becoming a Gateway Schools Chef would be a good way for him to engage with teachers and help them understand what skills and qualities chefs in the industry are looking for when hiring young people straight out of school.
For information about how teachers and schools can get involved, email Jules.McMurtrie@usq.edu.au
For more information on the Food, Wine and Tourism Gateway to Industry Schools Program, including details about current activities and projects, opportunities for students and teachers or how your school or business can get involved, visit the Queensland College of Wine Tourism website at www.qcwt.com.au/schools_prog.html
The following resources have been developed to support school teachers and registered training organisations to deliver an industry 'best practice' model, providing a successful pathway for students to transition from school to employment through the provision of a 'Work Readiness' program:
Relationship Manager - Gateway Schools
Queensland College of Wine Tourism
22 Caves Road
Stanthorpe Qld 4380
PO Box 318
Stanthorpe Qld 4380