Visitor Economy Work Ready Program Information Sessions

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The Visitor Economy Work Ready Program (Front of House specialisation) will upskill you fast to enter the hospitality workforce. After completing intensive training with VU Polytechnic, you are guaranteed an interview for an employment opportunity with an industry partner.

In this program, you will:

  • undertake both accredited units and non-accredited training, including:
    • SITSS00055 Responsible Service of Alcohol
    • SITSS00050 Use hygienic practices for food safety
    • introduction to food and beverage service
    • introduction to spirits, wines, beers & liqueurs
    • introduction to coffee
    • job preparation skills andindustry representative presentations
  • access pathways to further education and training
  • gain hands-on practical learning at our state-of-the-art simulated environment, VenU Restaurant
  • receive guidance from expert hospitality trainers
  • develop skills in resume writing and interviewing
  • be supported to gain an interview for employment with one of Victoria’s most prestigious and high-profile employers in the sector.

The program is free (fully subsidised) for participants.

All are welcome and eligible to apply including international students.

Download the program flyer.

Front of house program

Learn foundational knowledge and skills in food and beverage operations in this 7-day program. You will be prepared to start an entry-level role, such as a food and beverage attendant, function and catering attendant or barista.

Course dates and times

  • Round 1 course dates: 19-22 September and 26-28 September 2022, 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Round 2 course dates: 28-30 November, 1 December and 5-7 December, 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Round 3 course dates: 3-6 and 9-11 January 2023, 9.30am-4.30pm

Industry partners

  • Accor: Art Series, Ibis, Mantra, Mercure, Movenpick, Novotel, Peppers, Pullman, The Como, Sofitel, Quay West Suites
  • Comfort Apartments Royal Gardens
  • Delaware North: Marvel Stadium, MCG, Melbourne Airport, Melbourne and Olympic Parks
  • LUCAS Restaurants: Baby, Chin Chin, GOGO Bar, Grill Americano, Hawker Hall, Kisumé, Society, Yakimono
  • Overnewton Castle
  • Pancake Parlour: Highpoint, Werribee, Docklands, Melbourne Central
  • Quest: Caroline Springs and Werribee
  • RACV Resorts and Clubs: City Club, Cape Schanck, Cobram, Goldfields, Healesville, Inverloch and Torquay
  • Riverland Group: BANG BANG, Hotel Railway, Pilgrim, Riverland, The Boatbuilders Yard, The General Assembly

Attend enrolment & orientation day

This session will involve a brief information session outlining the program, and a tour of the Footscray Nicholson campus facilities which includes commercial kitchens, a training bar and our award-winning 150-seat restaurant, VenU.

You will also have the opportunity to enrol in the course. Allow one hour for the information/enrolment session.

Information session date & time

Select the following in the form below.

  • Wednesday 14 December, 6pm

Location: Room D141, Building D, Footscray Nicholson Campus, Cnr Albert and Buckley Street

What to bring:

  • Photo ID: e.g. passport, driver’s licence or learner's permit
  • Proof of Australian/NZ citizenship, if applicable: e.g. birth certificate, passport, Medicare card
  • Proof of non-PR/citizenship, if applicable: e.g. ImmiCard
  • Pen and notepad

Sponsor logos: Accor, Comfort Apartments, Delaware North, LUCAS,  The Pancake Parlour, RACV, Riverland Group, VTIC, Melbourne's West Quest Caroline Springs.

VU Polytechnic's Visitor Economy Work Ready Program

VU Polytechnic's Visitor Economy Work Ready Program will upskill you fast to enter the hospitality workforce.

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