The next generation of food and hospitality professionals will soon train at a multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art facility at The Gordon TAFE in Geelong.
The school will feature cutting-edge food training kitchens, a bakery training facility, a barista academy and café, and an alfresco dining area.
The Gordon’s existing training facility, the Davidson Restaurant, will also undergo a renovation.
Four hundred jobs will be created during construction, 70 per cent of which have been allocated to workers from regional Victoria. Development of the facility will also provide experience for plumbing and electrical students.
The new facility will be available to students studying Commercial Cookery and Patisserie. The Gordon will also offer short courses, including barista training, to create a pipeline of skilled hospitality workers for the region.
The state government has invested $13.5 million towards the project with The Gordon investing $10 million.
Kane Constructions has been appointed as the builder of the project, which has been designed by Gray Puksand architects.
Works will be undertaken in stages to minimise disruption on campus and are expected to be completed in 2022.