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Students preparing for tourist boom

Tourism students at South Regional TAFE’s Albany campus have spent much of their year experiencing the wide scope of attractions that put Albany and the south coast among the State’s top tourist destinations.

Domestic tourism has skyrocketed since the pandemic has ground the flow of international visitors to a halt, and tourism enterprises are reporting high volumes of business.

Employees with good knowledge of the local industry and a level of training reflected in a nationally recognised TAFE qualification are in demand, and graduates of the Certificate III in Tourism are reaping the benefits.

The qualification is listed for 2021 under the State Government’s Lower fees, local skills program, meaning tuition fees will be half price for everyone, and capped at $400 for concession students and people under 25.

Tourism Lecturer Cathy Glen said this was a fun course as students went out and about visiting a wide variety of sites and getting first-hand experience of attractions and experiences they would be advising people on later in their careers. This involvement also gave them a taste of the diversity of attractions and the opportunity to meet industry operators, including award winners.

They have taken a tour of a cruise ship, tried reptile handling, visited national parks and Aboriginal cultural sites, celebrated the natural environment with bush, riverbank and coastal walks and learned about historic attractions such as Strawberry Hill Farm and Camp Quaranup.

At the end of the course, students are well equipped to enter the industry and help to enhance the quality of the tourist experience for visitors and the industry’s profile while boosting the bottom line of both the business they work in and the region’s economy in general.

The Certificate III in Tourism starts in February and runs for one semester. For more information, visit the website at https://www.southregionaltafe.wa.edu.au/courses/certificate-iii-tourism or phone the Albany campus on 6371 3888.

Picture: South Regional TAFE tourism students Kaylah Tugwell, Sarah Cleary, Bernard Creighton and Karen Jury tour a cruise ship berthed in Albany.

Page last updated November 13, 2020