CoE Update | July 2023

Welcome to the latest Centre of Excellence Update

Tourism & Hospitality Experience (T.H.E.) Schools Day – Bega Valley

This month the Centre of Excellence delivered a third Tourism & Hospitality Experience Schools Day at Oaklands in Pambula.

The event was attended by 46 students plus teachers from three high schools in the Bega Valley to inspire them to consider a career in tourism and hospitality. The day featured presentations from local businesses including Mimosa Rocks Restaurant, Wheelers Restaurant, CoastLife Coastal Adventures, the Wanderer Festival, Merimbula Tourist Centre and Tathra Beachside on careers in Commercial Cooking, Outdoor and Recreation, Front of House, Tourism Marketing, Event Management and Venue Management.

It was not all sit and listen, students were invited to get involved in interactive activities and ask questions about the presenter’s career journeys. Students were advised of the study options available to them while still at school through school-based traineeships and apprenticeships and post school to gain the qualifications to launch their careers in tourism and hospitality.

What’s Coming Up in August


Introduction to Australian Wines Course

The Centre of Excellence will be offering an Introduction to Australian Wines course which is targeted to entry level employees working in tourism and hospitality.

This is a nine-week online course and is designed for people currently working in the industry who want to learn more about the Australian wine industry. The course will cover in-depth information on all the major wine-growing regions as well as outlining Australian wine history, viticulture, winemaking and future trends.

To apply for this course please click here. Places are limited.

What’s Coming Up in September


Local Knowledge Famil – Shoalhaven Local Produce

Spend a day experiencing and learning about the abundance of local produce in the Shoalhaven. The Centre of Excellence is organising a famil that takes in some of the leading producers in the Shoalhaven along with some new businesses. Featuring coffee roasters, seafood producers, distilleries and more – the Shoalhaven Food & Beverage Producers famil is set to tickle your tastebuds and provide you with “foodie” experiences that visitors and locals love!

The day will start in Nowra with a coffee masterclass before moving throughout the region taking in boutique producers and growers including an oyster masterclass from Australian Oyster Shucking Champion, Sally McLean.

Places on the famil will be limited. To apply to be on the famil click here.

Other Skills Training and Education

NSW First Program

Destination NSW delivers the NSW First Program to assist tourism businesses across the state to develop, promote and sell their tourism products.

It includes face to face workshops and online webcasts that offer ‘how-to’ insights on a range of topics for the tourism industry, with events regularly added to the calendar.

Find out more and view on demand webcasts on the Destination NSW website.

For assistance with the NSW First Program and to discuss your business’ needs, please contact the Industry Development Manager at your Destination Network:

For Shoalhaven operators:
Aaron Matis
Destination Sydney Surrounds South
[email protected]
For Eurobodalla & Bega Valley operators:
Jenny Robb
Destination Southern NSW
[email protected]
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Business Connect

Looking for support in running your business? Find and book a Business Connect webinar or event from business experts. Develop your business skills and help your business achieve its potential. Visit the Business Connect website for further details.

We welcome any feedback on our programs the Centre of Excellence and any ideas that could be considered to develop and grow tourism and hospitality on the NSW South Coast.

Speak soon,
Robyn and Sam

Robyn Johnson
Manager Skills and Opportunities
[email protected]
Sam Tooley
Industry Partnerships Specialist
[email protected]
This Local Economic Recovery project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Images: (1-3) T.H.E. Schools Day Bega Valley, held at Oaklands in Pambula.