Food and Hospitality Management
Contrary to popular belief, working in the cookery industry can be just as challenging and full of adventure as any other profession. A rewarding career in a fast-paced, booming industry awaits anybody who is interested in studying this course.
Are you social, outgoing and passionate towards your work? If you are, then the cookery industry awaits you with open arms. It could open you up to a whole new arena of managerial opportunities that would allow both personal and professional career development. As the food scene in Australia is constantly evolving and the country is becoming more obsessed with food than ever before; courses in cookery simply reflect that same ideology. The AISC (Australian Industry and Skills Committee) predicted that employment in this sector could grow by almost 12.1 % in the next 5 years (given that everything else remains constant). This means that about 91,000 new employment opportunities are expected to be created; and who knows! One of those might just be for you!
Aside from the foodie culture; a population boom, increased consumer consumption and demand; as well as more people wishing to own a hospitality-based business contributed to the positive development seen by the cookery industry in Australia. One of the many perks of choosing to do a course in this sector is that anybody who wishes to do a course can do it—meaning that there is flexibility in terms of age and education requirements in this field of work.
Studying in a cookery course could lead you to pursue cookery (cook, chef, etc.) or hospitality services (hotel management, catering, etc.). Degrees in this stream will not only teach you critical skills that are tailor-made for the industry; but also will fine-tune your senses regarding the best input and output to ensure customer satisfaction while simultaneously meeting ethical and legal standards of regulation. If you are not afraid of working hard to reach the stars, you could try out your luck by studying cookery in Australia. Salaries in this line are pretty good, where cooks will start at around $1,068 per week; and chefs get around $1,250 per week. Motel, Hotel and Hotel Service Managers have an average weekly salary of up to 1,250 AUD; which is moderately high.
The following are some of the degrees that you could get in commercial cookery in Australia:
- Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
- Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
- Certificate III in Patisserie
- Certificate IV in Patisserie
- Diploma of Hospitality
- Advanced Diploma of Hospitality
- Associate Degree of Hospitality Management
- Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management
The following are some of the basic requirements you need to fulfill before you apply for a course in commercial cookery:
- a valid passport for the duration of your study in Australia
- offer letter from the selected university/institution
- TOEFL Score 46 – 59 or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score 46 (the lowest communicative skill score being 40) or IELTS score of 5.5 overall (at least 5.0 in each of the bands)
- evidence of access to sufficient funds
- evidence of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
- all other relevant documents listed on the Department of Home Affairs visa checklists
Your specialization in a degree in cookery should reflect upon where you would like to see yourself working. You could choose to work more with food, or with hospitality management.
Careers in Cookery/ Food may include:
- Chef de Partie
- Commis Chef
- Demi Chef
- Second Chef
- Sous Chef
- Pastry Chef (often requires apprenticeship/ extensive training)
- Catering Chef
- Fast Food Cook
- Waiter/ Busboy
- Assistant Cook
- Restaurant Cook
Frequently Asked Questions about Courses
I would like to change my course/ university. What should I do?
Please keep in mind that the process involved in changing a course or a university, must strictly comply with your Student Visa conditions to avoid the apparent risks of Visa Cancellation. Specially to maintain AQF level of your study. For example, if you get your visa in bachelor’s degree Course then you must maintain same AQF level. Downgrading course can cause the breach of visa cancellation. Also, you need to complete 6 months of your Principle Course to change the education provider.
It is strongly suggested that you get advice from Qualified Education Agent Counsellor (QEAC) to help you through the entire process. At PFEC Global, our expert counsellors can make sure you have the smoothest journey till the end.
What types of scholarships will be available to me, and how can I apply for them?
These days, numerous Australian institutions offer educational scholarships for eligible international students, with the key focus given to candidates enrolled in diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. If you would like to explore more details regarding the availability, application requirements criteria and timeline for each scholarship that might be suitable for you; it is a good idea to directly contact the institutions either calling their listed contact number, or by submitting an enquiry on their official website.
Many students find it a little too much to handle the overloaded and doubtful information from the websites of many providers. Our expert counsellors are well-equipped to do this for you. Just come to visit us , and one of our best counsellors will help you find the scholarships that are best suited for you.
What work rights do the Australian Student Visa give me?
A student visa holder is completely free to work for a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight (i.e. 14 days) when their term is in session, and unlimited hours when their term is out of session.
What are the courses can lead me to PR Pathways?
Although there is no guarantee to get PR by studying any particular courses, However, courses such as Accounting, Information Technology, Engineering, Nursing, Social Work, Teaching, Cookery, Automotive are some of the very popular courses.
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