Victoria University will become the first high-quality hospitality teaching centre in Melbourne's west after receiving a $2.7 million federal grant to upgrade its training facilities.
The funding will be used at the University's Footscray Nicholson Campus to renovate a training restaurant, build three new state-of-the-art training kitchens, two theatre-style demonstration kitchens, and upgrade change rooms, cool rooms and service lifts. The works will be completed by June 2010.
Dr Anne Jones, VU's Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director TAFE, said she was delighted that the University will be able to offer outstanding opportunities to students in the region who aspire to careers in the hospitality industry.
"These new facilities will complement our industry partnerships, and ensure that we can develop the highest standard of cookery and front-of-house education," she said.
VU is already acknowledged as a leading provider of high-level hospitality training, and has recently established collaborations with several world-class organisations, including the Sofitel Hotel, where VU operates the Sofitel Academy, training chefs for Melbourne's five-star restaurants and hotels.
The University plans to increase its Vocational, Education and Training cookery enrolments by at least 300 students per year as a result of the upgrades.
The funding was secured under the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Better TAFE Facilities initiative, part of the Rudd Government's $500 million Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training.
Dr Anne Jones
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director, TAFE
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Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer
Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
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