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.
Professional development and industry currency
Matt Golinski, Gateway Chef
In April 2016, celebrity chef Matt Golinski became the first Gateway Chef for 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 Chef, Matt works with high school culinary teachers through Gateway Hubs located around the state, to provide commercial cookery skills in industry workshops. Matt believes becoming the Gateway Chef was a great 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.
Gateway Hubs are locations for teachers to meet with industry experts for currency, professional development and networking opportunities. It is also a chance to collaborate with local industry by joining a regional vocational education and training group to assist with industry validation purposes and opportunities.
Gateway Hubs are currently located in the following schools trade training centers, to service the following regions:
Sunshine Coast - Maroochydore State High School
Brisbane South - Windaroo Valley State High School
Brisbane North - St Columbans College
Toowoomba - St Josephs College
Cairns - St Marys Catholic College
Rockhampton - North Rockhampton State High School
Townsville - St Margaret Marys College
Industry hosted 'Gateway Days' are especially created for high school teachers to maintain currency and professional development in industry through 'behind the scenes' tours in each region. View the Calendar of Events on the QCWT website for current activities in your area and for details to book.
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, please contact Jules.McMurtrie@usq.edu.au.
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