Wide Bay Institute of TAFE’s tourism students Skye Duggan, Natalie Fagg (seated) and Sascha Payne were dressed for their new role at a travel desk during the launch of the new WBIT Travel Centre at the Bundaberg campus.
Wide Bay Institute of TAFE’s tourism students Skye Duggan, Natalie Fagg (seated) and Sascha Payne were dressed for their new role at a travel desk during the launch of the new WBIT Travel Centre at the Bundaberg campus.

TAFE's new travel centre

BUNDABERG tourism students Skye Duggan, Natalie Fagg and Sascha Payne are making the most of the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE’s (WBIT) new travel centre.

WBIT tourism students now have a simulated travel centre operating on-campus — offering students real life experience before they graduate.

WBIT Director, Trevor Schwenke said on-the-job training plays a vital role in complementing academic studies.

“There is absolutely no substitute for real life experience to develop well rounded, job-ready graduates,” he said.

Practical experience is built into all TAFE programs, either on-campus or with companies or community organisations.

Bundaberg Campus 2009 Tourism Student of the Year Anthony Trembath was impressed with the new setup and said it would definitely help students practice.

“We also received some very positive feedback for travel agencies at the opening,” he said.

Wide Bay Institute of TAFE’s Hospitality and Tourism lead vocational teacher Karen Maidment said the idea was developed over the last 18 months.

“Bundaberg campus already has a fully operational restaurant offering experience for front-of-house waiters and bar staff with an industrial kitchen attached for apprentice chefs and cooking students,” Ms Maidment said.

“So this is not a completely new idea and already it has attracted tremendous support from the local Bundaberg tourism industry.

“Our mock travel centre will function as close as possible to the real thing and give the students a wonderful opportunity to interact with their more experienced counterparts in the business in Bundaberg.”

The centre will be open one day a week starting in February.



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