Across the minerals industry the tasks catering trades may be responsible for include:
- Monitoring compliance with health and fire regulations regarding food preparation and serving and building maintenance in lodging and dining facility;
- Estimating food, liquor, wine, and other beverage consumption to anticipate amount to be purchased or requisitioned;
- Organising and directs worker training programs, resolves personnel problems, hires new staff, and evaluates employee performance in dining and lodging facilities;
- Planning menus and food utilization based on anticipated number of guests, nutritional value, palatability, popularity, and costs;
- Monitoring food preparation and methods, size of portions, and garnishing and presentation of food to ensure food is prepared and presented in accepted manner;
- Investigating and resolves complaints regarding food quality, service, or accommodations;
- Creating specialty dishes and develops recipes to be used in dining facility;
- Testing cooked food by tasting and smelling to ensure palatability and flavour conformity;
- Keeping records required by government agencies regarding sanitation and regarding food subsidies where indicated;
- Establishing and enforces nutrition standards for dining establishment based on accepted industry standards;
- Reviewing menus and analyses recipes to determine labour and overhead costs, and assigns prices to menu items, and
- Monitoring budget, payroll records, and reviews financial transactions to ensure expenditures are authorized and budgeted.
Entry to these occupations is generally through an AQF Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience.
In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.
Match a course to your interests. From VET courses to post-graduate study, there is something for everyone!
Mineral Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) Supported Institutions
The Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) was set up in 1999 by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) to build a world-class tertiary learning environment. Through MTEC, member companies of MCA support a number of university partners offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in mining industry related disciplines - earth science (minerals geoscience), mining engineering and metallurgy.
Graduates from mining related subjects are some of the most highly sought after professionals in the country.
- Australian Defence Force Academy
- The Australian National University
- University of Canberra
- Charles Sturt University
- Macquarie University
- Southern Cross University
- University of New England
- University of Newcastle
- University of Sydney
- University of New South Wales
- University of Technology Sydney
- University of Western Sydney
- Charles Darwin University
- Central Queensland University
- James Cook University
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of Queensland
- University of Southern Queensland
- University of the Sunshine Coast
Do you have an interest or skill in a particular subject? Vocational education and training can be part of an apprenticeship or traineeship, secondary school studies, or as part of an employment program.