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Public Sector Informant : PSI
THE PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMANT 29 [MAY 2010] Our courses are both practical and relevant to your work and are designed to support career progression Attend part-time classes or undertake a streamlined recognition process to complete your chosen course Achieve a issued by the Canberra Institute of Technology in less than 6 months! 6207 4355 or visit www.citsolutions.edu.au CIT Solutions Pty Ltd Accounting & Finance Courses Budget & Financial Essentials Workshop Series 17,18&19May Accrual Accounting (Statement of Attainment) 19 July Procurement & Contracting Courses Management, Project Management & Policy Development Courses Training & Assessment Courses Intelligence, Risk & Investigations Courses Diploma of Position yourself for success in 2010 apply today Update and upgrade your professional skills with the following courses and workshops... Improve your skills & career prospects Take control of your career TRAINING&DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS 10-05297 ADVERTISING FEATURE Career opportunities beam down on next generation Industry: Australian tourism and hospitality is set to make a comeback in 2010. WITH 335,000 job opportun- ities forecast over the next three years, the Australian tourism and hospitality industry is set to make a comeback in 2010, according to William Blue Col- lege of Hospitality Management. "Demand for highly skilled hospitality and tourism manage- ment professionals remains high, despite suggestions the industry took a hit during the GFC. And while our sector has suffered in some shape or form, the industry has managed to retain staff and keep busy. There has never been a better time to pursue a career in tourism and hospitality manage- ment," Stuart Wiggins, deputy head of college, William Blue College of Hospitality Manage- ment, said. However, Mr Wiggins said the days of rising through the ranks without a qualification were over. "The professionalisation of the industry has resulted in em- ployers placing a high priority on business qualifications. All the major hospitality and tour- ism organisations require graduates and trainees to have a degree qualification as a mini- mum to join their program. "Employers are also looking for graduates with more than just entry-level skills. They want industry-ready professionals equipped with strong interper- sonal and communications skills, a good work ethic, a sound knowledge of food and beverage in addition to business and man- agement skills and qualifica- tions," he said. Mr Wiggins said William Blue graduates were equipped with business skills that could be applied in all forms of business management whether it be in hospitality, tourism, human re- sources or events. "Our students have the skills to start out in hotel manage- ment, move into event manage- ment or lead tourism operations in the cruise liner or airline sectors all with the one qualifi- cation," he said. Wiggins says a growing num- ber of students are studying with the intention of going into busi- ness for themselves. "The professional skills students acquire, combined with a keen entrepreneurial instinct is the stuff business success stories are made of." According to Mr Wiggins, students have a clear under- standing of the professional and cultural expectations of the industry from day one. "Students live and breathe hospitality and tourism manage- ment from day one. They man- age the college's William Blue dining restaurant and kitchen as well as running major events on- campus. We set the bar high for our students and expect the same level of professionalism, work ethic and skills set by any five-star organisation. "Industry placements organ- ised through the college are also critical to ensuring students have the best opportunity to apply their knowledge in the workplace. In fact we're finding many students being offered positions part way through their course and then finishing their studies via the college's flexible and online offering. The result is a graduate that can integrate seamlessly into the workplace, moving from education to indus- try with no element of culture- shock to the demands of the fast- paced hospitality and tourism environment," he said. Applications for 2010 study are now open. On-campus and flexible and online learning (FOL) courses include: Bachelor of Business (with majors in Hospitality Manage- ment, Tourism Management, Event Management); Advanced Diploma of Hos- pitality (Hotel Management, Commercial Cookery and Event Management Pathways); Advanced Diploma of Busi- ness; and Diploma of Business. All Australian students can apply for FEE-HELP or VET FEE-HELP. For more information, phone William Blue on 1300 851 237 or visit www.williamblue.edu.au
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