Hospitality And Tourism

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Serve up a 5-star future

Hospitality and Tourism offers a broad range of courses in cooking, hospitality, tourism, travel and food safety.

Courses range from Certificate II level through to advanced diploma, and include apprenticeships, traineeships, VET in Schools and VCAL programs.

Classes are a mix of practical and theory, including industry excursions, on-site guest speakers and a variety of functions. Along with this we run a range of events organised by staff and students which are open to the public.

Our in-house training restaurant, Richards Restaurant, is open to the public, so students obtain hands-on real life experience in all aspects of cooking, from buffets to a la carte menus.

The department also offers customised training for industry clients and a range of short courses.

Possible career paths:

  • Restaurant manager
  • Chef
  • Waitstaff
  • Tourism officer

Five reasons to choose Kangan Institute:

  • 1 - Our graduates have gained employment in companies such as Qantas, Virgin Blue, Student Travel Association, Visitor Information Centres and a range of both small and large hotels and restaurants.
  • 2 - You'll gain practical skills learning in a hands-on environment, dedicated to ensuring you put your best foot forward within the industry upon graduation.
  • 3 - The Hospitality and Tourism department has a team of motivated, skilled and dedicated teachers, all who have appropriate teaching qualifications and many years' experience in the tourism, hospitality and food industries. They come from a range of professional positions within the industries, including restaurants, airlines, travel agencies, major hotels, retail and food service outlets.
  • 4 - This department and its students has won a number of awards, including the national Outstanding Group Contribution to Tourism and Hospitality Training Award (2003), Apprentice Cook of the Year (2008, 2006), Best 3rd Year Apprentice (2008), Best 2nd Year Apprentice (2008, 2006), and Victorian TAFE Apprentice Cook of the Year Award (2006, 2008).
  • 5 - At the state-wide Developing Tourism Leaders Awards, Kangan Institute students have scooped the prize pool each year since first entering in 1999. In 2008 our students won 6 out of 12 awarded prizes including both the 1st and 2nd prize in hospitality, and the 2nd prize in tourism.

Food Safety Unit

Since 1994, the department's Food Industry Training Unit has delivered nationally accredited programs for the food industry. These courses are designed in consultation with Environmental Health Officers and are designed to meet the requirements of food safety laws in Victoria. The Food Industry Training Unit tailors training to meet industry requirements.

The Training Unit offers Food Safety Training and consultancy.

General entry into the Food Industry

The Follow Workplace Hygiene Procedures (THHGHS01B) training session runs for three hours and covers basic hygiene and sanitation.

Food Handlers Certificate

This certificate delivers Follow Workplace Hygiene Procedures (SITXOHS002A) training session and runs for three hours to cover basic hygiene and sanitation.

Food Safety Supervisors Certificate

This course comprises two units of competence: Follow Workplace Hygiene Procedures (SITXOHS002A) and Implement Food Safety Procedures (SITXFSA001A), designed for anyone wanting to meet Victoria's food safety law requirements. This training session requires 2 x 3 hour classes.

The course is practical and delivered at our Essendon, Broadmeadows and Moreland Campuses. Some units are delivered in Vietnamese on a as needs basis. Check out our short courses site for further information on these courses.

RPL applications are given consideration.

The industry clients section provides information on how Kangan Institute can support your training and development needs.

Approach to Tourism/Hospitality Advanced Diplomas

The unique teaching approach used in our tourism and hospitality Advanced Diplomas focuses on developing the students' entrepreneurial and business skills, and increasing their employability by improving their understanding of the tourism/hospitality industries.

All second year Advanced Diploma hospitality and tourism students are encouraged and supported to enter the Developing Tourism Leaders Awards, sponsored by Melbourne Airport.

The competition encourages and motivates students by providing them with the tools to spot new business opportunities, attract capital and commercialise innovative technology.

To find out more about the competition, visit the Developing Tourism Leaders Awards link at www.ssv.org.au

Our Advanced Diploma of Events Management students, during their final semester host an external event, open to the public. This event requires students to do all planning, organisation and production under the guidance of an industry specialist teacher.

On successful completion of our Advanced Diploma, students may be considered for a position at La Trobe University, where up to 18 months' credit may be given towards degree courses.

Customised training for organisations

The Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department has considerable experience in the development of customised training courses in response to identified industry needs and/or in response to specific requests from organisations.

All of our accredited courses (see Course Offering) can be delivered in whole or in part, and can be modified to meet an organisation's specific needs.

Training and assessment may be delivered on or off-the-job. Flexible delivery is another option in some cases, through the use of online or CD-ROM applications.

The industry clients section of the website provides information on how Kangan Institute can support your training and development needs.

Achievements and awards

Department awards

  • Outstanding Group Contribution to Tourism and Hospitality Training Award (2003), presented by Tourism Training Australia (TTA). This was one of only four awards in the national TTA Tourism and Hospitality Trainers' Awards.

Student awards

  • Lachlan Diamond - Moonee Valley Foundation Board Apprentice Award 2011. 
  • Dean Cachia- Apprentice Cook of the Year, Best third Year Apprentice and Gold Medal in the 2008 Victorian TAFE Apprentice Cook of the Year Awards
  • Samantha Snelling- Apprentice Cook of the Year, Best Second Year Apprentice and Gold Medal in the 2008 Victorian TAFE Apprentice Cook of the Year Awards
  • Antony Campbell-Apprentice Cook of the Year, Best Second Year Apprentice and Gold Medal in the 2006 Victorian TAFE Apprentice Cook of the Year Awards
  • State-wide Developing Tourism Leaders Awards. Kangan Institute students have scooped the prize pool each year since first entering in 1999. In 2008 our students won 6 out of 12 awarded prizes including Ropean Ropain 1st prize hospitality, Cesar Gedeon 2nd prize- hospitality and Emily Moustaffa 2nd prize- tourism
  • Aanchal White (Advanced Diploma of Hospitality - Commercial Cookery Stream) has been chosen as Kangan Institute International Student of the Year. Aanchal was one of a very strong field of 13 finalists.

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