CDU takes hospitality training to Timor-Leste

23-Aug-2017

School of Service Industries head and project leader Bharat Desai, Pro Vice-Chancellor VET Christine Robertson and VET Senior Advisor and Curriculum Developer Stuart Cooper.

School of Service Industries head and project leader Bharat Desai, Pro Vice-Chancellor VET Christine Robertson and VET Senior Advisor and Curriculum Developer Stuart Cooper.


Charles Darwin University hospitality staff are delivering first-of-its-kind hospitality training in Timor-Leste.

As part of the Workforce Development Program that Timor-Leste funded through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, two CDU Vocational Education and Training staff are living in-country to deliver training and expertise, and work with local agencies to build workforce capabilities in the hospitality industry.

CDU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor VET Christine Robertson said the program would help Timor-Leste build a successful hospitality industry to support growth in its tourism industry.

“CDU has very strong ties with Timor-Leste in higher education and we are looking forward to developing VET connections,” Ms Robertson said.

During the next six months staff will work with government and educators in the country to develop “home grown” training solutions and qualifications to suit local needs.

“Selected Timorese educators will also be mentored and coached in the delivery of some of our standard hospitality and accommodation services training courses,” she said.

School of Service Industries head and project leader Bharat Desai said next year would see the first intake of Timor-Leste students to complete Certificate III in Food and Beverage Services and Certificate III in Accommodation Services.

“These graduates will gain skills and knowledge in the workplace to build capacity for Timor-Leste to offer world class service and enhance the experiences of locals and visitors staying in hotels, dining in restaurants and experiencing Timor-Leste hospitality,” Mr Desai said.

He said the program also would prepare local educators and trainers to train the next generation of hospitality managers.

Ms Robertson said Stuart Cooper and Francis de Silva had significant experience in the hospitality industry, education, curriculum development and international assignments.

“Francis has a wealth of experience in international education and has joined the CDU team after working in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” she said.  “Stuart is focusing on curriculum development and industry liaison.”