Hospitality and Cookery

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Enjoy an exciting and rewarding career in Baking, Cookery and Catering, Hospitality and Retail Butchery.

Career opportunities in Hospitality and Cookery

Here are some career options within hospitality and cookery:


Could you picture yourself as a retail baking tradesperson, manager, or assistant in a bakery, cake shop or similar outlet? If you enjoy the sweeter (and tastier) side of life – and the joy it brings to others – this is a career for you. Fulfil your desire to learn how to make a range of breads, pastries and/or cakes. Combine these skills and knowledge with a course in Small Business Management and you could look into becoming an owner of a business in this industry.

Commercial Cookery

If you have aspirations to plate up great food, you could cultivate your inner master chef into a career. A commercial cookery course may lead to employment as a qualified chef, cook, kitchen hand or patisserie cook in a variety of situations including restaurants, cafés and catering companies. You’ll learn how to prepare and present food, plan menus and control costs. Embrace your creative flair in this dynamic and global occupation.


The hospitality sector is projected to become one of Australia’s fastest growing industries. If you excel in a fastpaced industry with lots of variety, it’s worth exploring your career options in hospitality. You’ll acquire knowledge about the industry and develop customer service and communication skills, along with a wide range of skills relevant to food and beverage service. This course will give you the chance to learn how to supervise or manage a club, hotel, restaurant or accommodation facility using a variety of practical and management skills. On completion, you could gain employment as a food and beverage supervisor, concierge, butler, coffee shop assistant, bar attendant, housekeeper, or gaming attendant.

Retail Butchery

If you take pride in giving customers quality service and have great communication skills, this career could be for you. This course will enable you to develop the skills required to prepare various meat and other related products in a safe and hygienic manner. You’ll learn about the provision of a high level of customer service through your knowledge of the different cuts of meat and how they are best prepared. This program is for apprentice butchers who have an approved Training Plan.

Specialist Courses

Expand upon your already developed skills or gain new skills by undertaking a specialist course in Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG), Barista, Bar Skills and Food Safety Supervision.

How to find a course

So you’ve worked out what career areas or careers interest you and it’s time to see what courses are available?

To find courses in your area of interest, enter your keywords into the course search function on the right hand side of the page. For more detailed searches, use the ‘Advanced search option’.

Not sure which course to choose?

If you need help deciding which course or course level to choose, you can speak with one of our Customer Service Centre staff on 1300 766 123 or take advantage of our free career counselling service. Our experienced staff can help you decide which courses will help you reach your goals.