Our team have received great news last week, with the announcement of $240 000 in funding for more training this year. Here is the article that appeared in The Examiner on Thursday 14th April 2016:
Intrepid students reap the rewards
by Michelle Wisbey
Qualified adventure guides are fast becoming the most in-demand employees in Tasmania with about 95 per cent of graduates walking out of their course with a job.
It was announced this week that TasTAFE had secured $240,000 from the Tasmanian government to support 103 adventure tourism training places.
The state’s recent tourism boom has seen an increase in demand for qualified guides in the kayaking, rock climbing and bushwalking industries.
Today, TasTAFE offers four standard adventure guiding courses every year – a Certificate III in Guiding, a Certificate IV in Adventure Guiding and a Certificate III and IV in Outdoor Recreation.
Each course takes between 15 and 20 students and most years, there are more students applying than there are places.
TasTAFE teacher and outdoor recreation course coordinator Nate Welch said for students to get into the course, they had to go through an interview process to establish whether they were the right fit for the potential career.
“Our underpinning philosophy behind the courses is really to provide students with all the tools they will need to provide a safe outdoor experience for visitors to Tassie,” Mr Welch said.
“We also want them to connect with the natural, cultural and heritage values of specific areas in the state.”
Mr. Welch said that as Tasmania continues to go through a tourism boom, not only had demand increased for skilled guides, but the types of skills needed was beginning to change.
“Those stock-standard courses have been with us for a while and they’ve always been pretty popular”, Mr. Welch said.
“The maturing nature and the development of the tourism industry here in Tassie means that specific skill sets and a bit of tweaking of the training is always necessary.
“I think it’s a really exciting time if tourism continues to grow, which we all hope it does, and if the funding continues I think it’s going to be awesome for everyone”.
Almost all trained guides who walk out the TasTAFE doors are met with a job when they graduate, most of them picked up by the adventure tourism industry.
TasTAFE’s funding was announced as part of the government’s $2.3 million to support more than 800 additional training places in Tasmania.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the state must ensure it has experienced people to take tourists off the beaten track and lead them into wilderness experience.
“These are not only among TasTAFE’s most in-demand courses; they are also among its most successful,” Mr Rockliff said.