Training alliance to work with hotels

The TAFE Western Sydney Institute has announced its partnership with the Escarpment Group of Hotels in the Blue Mountains to invest in the training and development of an elite class of hospitality and tourism graduates.


The alliance will see the creation of the Hotel Management Institute, which will combine TAFE WSI training and qualifications in hotel, hospitality and tourism management, with first-class industry experience provided through the Escarpment Group of Hotels.

The Hotel Management Institute will be offering a three-year program, which includes two advanced diplomas and a pathway to a bachelor of applied management qualification delivered in partnership with the University of Ballarat. The program incorporates online facilitated workshops, allowing students to work while obtaining their degrees.

HMI students will have the opportunity to study and train alongside industry-leading professionals at residential training facilities located on-site at the iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel which is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment and is due to reopen Stage 1 in mid-2013. Other Escarpment Group properties include Luxury Collection Resorts: Lilianfels Resort and Spa and Echoes Boutique Hotel.

Susan Hartigan, Institute Director of WSI, said: “The partnership will develop a robust talent pipeline of elite graduates to support the growth in the hotel and tourism industry in the Blue Mountains and NSW. We are delighted to be partnering with the Escarpment Group to create the Hotel Management Institute, which will offer students a unique opportunity to combine quality education and qualifications with access to invaluable industry training.”

The Hotel Management Institute will commence its first student intake in July 2013.

Image: Steve Tucker (HMI program manager), George Saad (proprietor, Escarpment Group of Hotels), Huong Nguyen (proprietor, Escarpment Group of Hotels), Susan Hartigan (WSI Institute director), Glenda Grice (WSI industry officer tourism & hospitality), Anne Goonetilleke (WSI director education tourism & hospitality), Whitney Rousham (WSI director national commercial business)

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