If you already work in a production or production support role, for example, packaging, machine operations and bottling, you can advance your skills with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate II in Food Processing. If you are a young person with an intellectual disability, Melbourne Polytechnic's individualised attention will help you learn the skills to join a booming industry that is predicted to grow by another 12% in the next five years. You'll learn in the classroom and on the job through work placement opportunities. You'll work in Melbourne Polytechnic's commercial kitchen, assist in catering for functions and prepare food for sale in our produce shop. Personal management, teamwork and communication skills will set you up for positive outcomes and a strong future in the hospitality workforce.Learn new skills in a program designed for you
At Melbourne Polytechnic, our qualified careers advisors and educators will develop a customised program tailored to your skills and goals. You will improve your numeracy, literacy, language and teamwork skills, alongside developing work-ready skills for the food processing sector. You will learn about cleaning and maintaining kitchens and equipment, hygiene and food safety, basic food preparation and presentation and venue set-up. Melbourne Polytechnic's unique industry partnerships offer hospitality field trips - plus, our own industry-standard kitchens have been used by Masterchef and the Great Australian Bake Off. You'll have the opportunity to gain real-life experience before you graduate, with 300 hours of practical placement, followed by an evaluation to determine your strengths, weaknesses and future goals. Your teachers will work with you at the end of the program, preparing an action plan to follow once the course is complete and assisting with active jobsearching. Best of all, class sizes are limited to ten students, so you'll receive individual attention.Join the wide world of hospitality
The Certificate II in Food Processing is designed for application in supervised environments where the work is intuitive, but has basic problem solving requirements. This course is the first step towards a career in the wide world of hospitality. You may gain employment at entry level in the hospitality industry as a kitchen hand, an events assistant and or a food production assistant. You might also be able to continue to study for higher qualifications to achieve your hospitality dream - whether you want to be a butcher, a baker or a breadmaker.
If you intend to apply, you must have a disability, e.g. Intellectual Disability, Autism, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
You may gain full-time, part-time or casual work in a range of hospitality areas, including as a kitchen hand, or working in food production
You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.