Trinity hospitality student Aimee Malaquin showing off a freshly prepared dish.
Trinity hospitality student Aimee Malaquin showing off a freshly prepared dish.

Trinity Catholic College kitchen cooking up new careers

TRINITY Catholic College students have been getting a taste for the hospitality industry all thanks to the brand new training centre which officially opened last month.

The Lavalla Trade Skills Centre, which was opened July 21 by Page MP Kevin Hogan, will allow students to obtain a VET Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, offering them the chance to dive into the world of the professional chef without leaving the high school fold.

The $1.3 million hospitality training centre was funded by the federal government as part of $5.8 million provided to schools across the Northern Rivers.

Mireille Merlet-Shaw

According to Trinity Catholic College hospitality teacher Deborah Witt, the new space includes the very latest commercial kitchen facilities covering a wide range of industry specialisations where they can learn everything from food preparation and presentation skills to basic cooking methods.

"This fantastic modern facility is providing industry standard commercial kitchen and equipment, as well as a new classroom space for delivery of theory lessons," she said.

"We've got the salamanders, we have the electric commercial ovens, we've got gas burners, deep fryers, grill plates, blast chillers, a commercial dishwasher and we've got the coffee machine, it covers such a broad range."

"It gives students exposure to the industry, it gives them a foot in the door when it comes to learning about the industry and gives them skills for working in everything from hotels to restaurants, clubs and coffee shops.

Year 12 Trinity student Courtney McLean at the opening of the Trade Skills Centre.
Year 12 Trinity student Courtney McLean at the opening of the Trade Skills Centre.

"It is a large industry and there is lots of scope with the different types of business, it's a popular industry on the Northern Rivers."

Mrs Witt said the first round of students taking part in the course have been extremely keen, with the number of students expected to grow next year.

"All students have been issued with a full chef's uniform, a tool kit and a textbook," she said.

ABOVE RIGHT: Trinity hospitality student Tayla Snadden.
ABOVE RIGHT: Trinity hospitality student Tayla Snadden.

"Students will complete 70 hours of a mandatory work placement and the VET course enables students to earn credit towards a recognised VET qualification while completing the higher school certificate."

Key points

HERE are just a few areas covered by the VET Certificate II Hospitality Kitchen Operations now on offer at Trinity Catholic College:

  • Safe work practices
  • Hygienic practices for food safety
  • Preparing simple dishes
  • Preparing and serving espresso coffee
  • Producing appetisers and salads
  • Producing dishes using basic methods of cookery
  • Preparing sandwiches

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