Mandurah hospitality and tourism training centre construction set to begin midyear

The centre will focus on training in commercial cookery, tourism and event management.
The centre will focus on training in commercial cookery, tourism and event management.

Plans for the upgrade to South Metropolitan TAFE's Mandurah campus are moving ahead, with the project now out for tender.

Replacing an ageing home economics-style room, the hospitality and tourism training centre will focus on training in commercial cookery, tourism and event management, providing career pathways for aspiring chefs, event managers, baristas and front-of-house staff.

Hair and beauty training facilities will also be incorporated into the new centre, opening up the amount of students it will cater for.

The $14.67 million project was announced in July 2020.

Mandurah and Tourism MP David Templeman said the new hospitality and tourism training centre would provide more job opportunities for Peel residents.

"This will be a terrific facility for the Peel region that will help train up skilled workers for meaningful jobs in our tourism and hospitality sectors," he said.

"Students will take part in practical, on-the-job training that will allow them to step straight into the workforce in a key area of employment for youth in the region."

The centre will be a one-stop shop for simulated training at the Mandurah campus, with construction set to include two training kitchens, a production kitchen and a restaurant, as well as a new hair salon and dedicated training spaces for beauty therapy and massage.

Education and Training MP Sue Ellery said the facility would produce job-ready workers.

"Mandurah's new training centre will deliver industry relevant training and produce job-ready and highly skilled workers for the Peel region's growing hospitality and tourism industry," she said.

The project is part of the WA Recovery Plan as part of the state government's commitment to economic recovery.

Construction is estimated to begin in July, 2021 with no completion date set.