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Robina campus strengthened by new appointment

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has appointed a Director of Commercial Operations and Sustainability, which is a newly created role for the state-of-the-art Robina campus opening mid-2022.

The campus will be a leader among vocational training institutes in Australia for demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, and the position will be an integral part of building sustainable practices into its operations and course curriculum.

Burleigh Waters local and former General Manager of Mantra on Salt Beach, Scott Robertson will head the campus training venues which include a gym, restaurant, café and a conference/banquet centre while championing sustainability into all of their operations.

These venues will be open to the public run by students and teachers and will become an integral part of the Robina and wider Gold Coast communities.

Mr Roberston said he's eager and excited to work in a dynamic educational environment and to lead the development of sustainable strategies.

“I'm thoroughly looking forward to stepping into the education industry and working towards implementing sustainable solutions that focus on the environment while considering the needs of leaners and the community,” he said.

With more than 20-years of senior leadership experience in the hospitality, tourism and events industries, Scott has held management roles around the country and overseas including Hamilton Island, Port Douglas, Fiji, and New Zealand as well as at various leading Gold Coast hotels and resorts.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Karen Dickinson is pleased to welcome Scott to the organisation.

“We have undertaken an extensive recruitment process and Mr Robertson brings valuable leadership experience, industry knowledge and a passion for sustainability to the role,” said Ms Dickinson.

“TAFE Queensland’s Robina Campus promises to set itself apart from other vocational training providers by raising awareness of the broader sustainability issues and Scott’s role will be to ensure sustainability will be at the forefront of the campus venues.”

The first cohort of students will graduate in 2023 with not only their qualification but a knowledge and commitment to sustainability that will contribute to building global citizens of the future.

Sustainability has been considered in all building design and fit-out decisions. Some of the key priorities include a rigorous recycling and waste management system, end-of-trip cycling facilities including e-bike charging stations, no single use plastics, as well as a strong focus on physical and mental health supported through the onsite fitness centre, beauty services and healthier menu options.