The new $1.4 million training kitchens at Devonport’s Providore Place will help Drysdale students to be job ready to meet the increased demand for cookery and bakery skills in the North-West.
Funded by the Hodgman majority Liberal Government, the training space will provide more than 200 apprentices and pre-employment students annually with state of the art equipment in a modern open-plan training space.
It includes a dedicated bakery, barista training area, deck ovens, blast chillers, a walk-in freezer, cool room and dry stores.
This development is in addition to tourism and hospitality training at TasTAFE’s Valley Rd Campus in Devonport, which will continue to operate.
Located within Devonport’s tourism and hospitality hub, this development will also provide students direct exposure to opportunities with the industry.
The facility will also be available for wider use by the community after hours for non-accredited training such as cooking classes.
The tourism and hospitality industries are vital to Tasmania and a key driver of our economy, providing thousands of jobs, particularly in regional areas.
TasTAFE’s tourism and hospitality training plays a vital role in ensuring we have well trained chefs, bakers, baristas and hospitality staff to support local businesses, drive investment and create local jobs.
I would like to acknowledge the work of Jenny Dodd, TasTAFE CEO and the Drysdale Committee who have played a key role in driving Centre of Excellence projects and ensuring that TasTAFE remains responsive to the needs of industry.