Food & Food Services

What does a food and food services worker do?

Work in a range of settings including baking, butchering, catering, cooking, pastry making, bar tending, food and drink waiting, food preparation, hotel management.

What do I need to be good at?

If you are front of house: serving, waiting, management, catering, you need to be good at:

  • Working in a team
  • Relating well to the customer
  • Patience and kindness
  • Working quickly and well under pressure
  • Following directions
  • Work related literacy and numeracy
How much do I get paid?

The average salary for a Food Services worker is $49,000 which can vary depending on role experience and training.

How do I get trained?

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At school by…

Doing year nine work experience with an employer in regional Food & Food Services Careers.

Enrolling in the VET in Schools Certificate II in Cookery, Hospitality, Tourism where you study part time at TAFE. If you secure a school-based traineeship with a local employer, you can complete your year 12 and spend one or two days a week with your employer. You could graduate with year 12, a Certificate 11 in hospitality, and the equivalent of up to one year of your apprenticeship completed.

At TAFE or other registered training organisation by

Completing a short course in responsible serving of alcohol, Barista, professional Bar Service, Customer Service, Catering, Hygienic Food Preparation.

Completing a six-month Full time Certificate III Hospitality course. You don’t need an ATAR, but you will need a year 11 completion.

Completing a Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma Hospitality Course.

On the job

Look for a school-based apprenticeship or full-time apprenticeship with an individual employer or a local apprenticeship provider – they’re listed on Australian Apprenticeships.

How do I get experience?

Undertake work experience opportunities in Hospitality or ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask a Food & Food Services employer for a voluntary work opportunity.

Undertake a short food preparation and serving course at TAFE or another training provider, to prepare you for the many part time work opportunities in Food & Food Services.

What does this job lead to?

Fully qualified and experienced hospitality workers can go on to become business owners and operators. Further training can lead to specialisation in:

  • Commercial cookery
  • Patisserie
  • Sugar and chocolate work
  • Business management
  • Events management
  • Restaurant and hotel management
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