William Angliss Institute has started a pilot vocational education training program in Da Nang, Vietnam, in partnership with Dong A University.

The program aims to help students take advantage of work opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sectors under the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the ASEAN Economic Community, by giving participants internationally recognised service and culinary skills, as well as improved English language abilities.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Hugh Borrowman launched the training program during Taste of Australia week, the Australian government’s first celebration of Australian food, beverage and cuisine across Vietnam, which will take place from 19-22 April.

The program has received $250,000 in seed funding from the Australian government and the pilot program will train approximately 80 participants: 60 in front line hospitality guest service and 20 in culinary skills.

“The Australian government is pleased to support this initiative, which will equip participants with valuable skills for a promising future in the tourism and hospitality sector in the region, including Australia,” said Borrowman.

“This program will utilise Australia’s world-class vocational education and training expertise and builds on existing collaboration between Australia and Vietnam to help develop Vietnam’s vocational education and training sector.”

William Angliss Institute international and business development director, Wayne Crosbie said “The Australian government has seen the importance of this activity and provided seed funding to support the program. It combines the resources of William Angliss Institute and Dong A University to provide high quality vocational training to support the tourism industry in central Vietnam.”

William Angliss Institute specialises in the foods, tourism, hospitality and events industries and has been working with the ASEAN Secretariat since 2004 on Mutual Recognition Agreements in these sectors.

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