University of Tasmania and TasTAFE partner up to offer taster courses at Northern Suburbs Community Centre

TASTER: Ashley and Tanya Turner, with community centre manager Denise Delphin and  UTAS' community learning pathways coordinator Rob Alderson. Picture: supplied
TASTER: Ashley and Tanya Turner, with community centre manager Denise Delphin and UTAS' community learning pathways coordinator Rob Alderson. Picture: supplied

Two of Northern Tasmania’s burgeoning industries will be bolstered with a new wave of employees as participants in a taster course get underway.

The taster courses in tourism/hospitality and caring are being offered in a joint partnership between the University of Tasmania and TasTAFE.

Community information sessions were held at the Northern Suburbs Community Centre last week for people to learn more about the five-week courses.

Launceston resident Ashley Turner attended one of the information sessions and said she was looking for something that could combine her passion of working with food and serving others.

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“I found the information sessions really helpful as I wasn’t sure about which course I wanted to do initially,” Ms Turner said.

“I wanted to broaden my horizons and having worked in the food industry before, I thought the tourism/hospitality course would suit me.”

University of Tasmania engagement and development officer Leanne Arnott said the courses had been designed to engage people in their own communities.

“We are responding to a desire for people in these local communities to learn in their own, familiar environments,” Mrs Arnott said.

“We have seen the difference it makes when we engage with people in their place and by partnering with community centres, Carers Tasmania and TasTAFE, we can provide these hands-on courses that will help build confidence around learning.”

The tourism/hospitality course will run from August 7 until September 12 and the caring course will run from October 16 until November 21.

Funded by Skills Tasmania Training and Work Pathways Program, the two courses will be delivered at the Northern Suburbs Community Centre and the Devonport LINC.