The Bundaberg TAFE campus will introduce a new Certificate III in Tourism course in 2020, paving the way for residents to enter one of the region’s biggest industries.
TAFE Queensland Faculty Director of Business, Hospitality and Language (East Coast) Jo Charters said the introduction of the course would provide local students with the skills and knowledge they needed to kickstart a successful career while fulfilling local industry demand.
“Tourism is a growing industry both in the Wide Bay region and Australia as a whole, providing a variety of employment opportunities for locals looking to highlight Bundaberg and its surrounding areas as a destination,” Jo said.
“Whether you’re interested in a career showcasing our region to visitors as an inbound tour co-ordinator or visitor information officer, or you want to help locals plan their next holiday as a travel consultant, this course will set you on the path to success.”
Bundaberg Tourism welcomes TAFE tourism course
Bundaberg Tourism has welcomed the introduction of the Bundaberg-based TAFE tourism course.
General manager Katherine Reid said the industry was a good employment option for anyone looking to upskill or wanting a career change.
“The tourism and hospitality industry is a wonderful industry to be involved in, with a diverse range of jobs and long term careers across the sector,” Katherine said.
“Tourism in the Bundaberg Region and the Southern Great Barrier Reef is experiencing rapid growth and passionate, skilled workers are needed across the industry to ensure that we are delivering extraordinary visitor experiences at every touch point.
“Tourism contributes $475 million to the Bundaberg Region economy and provides both direct and indirect employment.”
Katherine said if anyone was looking to test the waters, volunteering opportunities were available with Bundaberg Tourism at its Bundaberg, Gin Gin or Childers Visitor Information Centres.
“[Volunteering] is a great option for people who are interested in gaining experience in the tourism industry.”