Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today congratulated Maroochydore State High School for their success at training students for jobs in the food and wine industry through the Gateway to Industry Schools Program.
Ms Simpson said that the Queensland Government was investing an extra $900,000 to continue the program in schools across the state.
She said that Maroochydore High School was one of more than 100 state schools that had engaged with local industry to ensure their students have the skills needed to get them into local jobs.
“The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring that students have access to the education and skills they need for future career opportunities,” Ms Simpson said.
“Students from Maroochydore High School have achieved great things through the Gateway to Industry Schools Program and I’m thrilled that this initiative will continue.
“This program is about engaging with industry to give students the experience they need to make informed choices about their future career options, so that Queensland has a strong workforce for years to come.”
Maroochydore High School Principal Barry Dittman said that the Gateway Schools program provides industry relevant training in a number of priority areas including food, wine and tourism.
“Each year Maroochydore State High School has approximately 30 students exiting with a Certificate III in Tourism (Wine Tourism) which provides local hospitality and tourism enterprises with skilled employees directly relevant to the Sunshine Coast region,” said Mr Dittman.
“Our connection with the Gateway Schools Food, Wine and Tourism program has allowed us to use up-to-date resources and work with local Queensland based businesses who can provide students with current knowledge and skills.”