There are so many ways you can launch your career in the tourism industry.
The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) profiles various roles available in the tourism and hospitality industry. Their Tourism and Hospitality Careers Guide also showcases the range of occupations available in the industry.
Training available during high school
You can start your career journey at school with a range of training options to choose from or by taking on a part-time or casual job.
Entry level skills
Some basic skill sets and courses can give you a boost when you're looking to secure your first job in tourism or hospitality, such as:
- Responsible service of alcohol (RSA) (SITHFAB021). This is mandatory if serving alcohol.
- Espresso Machine Operation (Barista).
- Vocational Education and Training (VET). Refer to the school leavers’ guide to jobs and training for information on how VET can provide career pathways.
Alternatively, talk to your school guidance officer, career counsellor, VET coordinator or head of senior schooling to find out what options are available.
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships enable you to work for an employer and train towards a recognised qualification while completing your secondary schooling and studying for your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or equivalent.
During high school you could consider getting a part-time or casual job in tourism. Check out the range of opportunities available at Work in Paradise.
Training and studies available after high school
If you’d like to upskill in tourism or hospitality after high school, there are lots of organisations and programs that can give you the skills you need to land your first role, advance your career or transition to university:
Free or subsidised training
Find out if you’re eligible for free or subsidised training in Queensland.
The JobTrainer Fund offers fee-free (up to certificate III) and low-fee training (certificate IV and higher).
Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a subsidy to eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase their skills.
Higher Level Skills provides access to subsidised training in selected certificate IV level or above qualifications.
Vocational education and training
Through the Free TAFE for under 25s program, the Queensland Government covers the full cost of high priority training areas (including hospitality) for eligible Queenslanders.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is the first point of contact for all apprenticeship queries.
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with working in a salary paying job.
Through the Free apprenticeships for under 25s program, the Queensland Government will cover the cost of your training when you choose a high priority apprenticeship or traineeship.