Pathway to Profit Course

Course Information

This course is designed to help you manage your tuckshop as an effective small business. Depending on your staff structure and delegation of responsibilities, this course may be useful for the tuckshop convenor, operations manager and P&C treasurer.

What is covered?

This course will provide you with the skills to make decisions about running a financially viable tuckshop business by:

  1. Understanding basic financial terms.
  2. Completing recipe costings using appropriate tools and resources.
  3. Completing a mark up schedule and interpreting it to make effective menu changes.
  4. Understanding how to interpret tuckshop data such as tally sheets, reports and profit and loss statements.

How is the course delivered?

Face to Face delivery

The course includes a 5 hour workshop either at the QAST training rooms in Brisbane or another suitable venue in your region.

To get the most out of the course, it is beneficial to bring your tuckshops Profit & Loss information, examples of sales data and a recipe you would like to cost. However if you do not have access to this data examples will be provided.

If you can access a laptop please bring it along. This is optional but highly recommended.

Virtual classroom (online)

The course will be delivered over 3 weeks. Each week includes a 90minute Zoom conference session with a maximum of 8 students in your class, to ensure sufficient support for each student from your trainer. To participate, students will need access to a computer with the ability to video. If you do not have a personal computer with this functionality, you may ask if there is a suitable computer and space at your school. You will be expected to participate fully in the class, so please ensure you have a private space to work from without interruption.

Please view our virtual classroom demonstration video for an idea of how the course will work.

Students will be mailed or emailed the participant workbook prior to the course. The trainer will run a brief orientation to Zoom functions at the start of the first session, but participants will also be asked to view Zoom tutorials prior to the course.

What do past participants say about the course?

100% of our participants would recommend the course to others…

“I love the QAST recipe costing calculator!”

“I can’t wait to sit with my team and show them the spreadsheets and how they work, lots to reflect on.”

“Definitely YES. I enjoyed it very much and having these resources at your fingertips and the support of QAST on hand is such an invaluable tool to have. Thank you QAST”.

“The skills and tools taught were practical and useful and made to easily implement into our own situation”.

“Having the course online and broken over the 3-weeks allowed me to participate as it is very difficult to have a day away from the school”.

“The 3-week online time frame allowed the knowledge to sink in”.

“I enjoyed the online approach, especially living in Northern Qld”.

‘I found it was extremely helpful and have more confidence on how much profit I can make”.

“I learnt how to cost and mark up properly and use the tools/spreadsheets QAST provided.”

“I would recommend the course to convenors AND the tuckshop book-keeper”.

How much does the course cost?

QAST is offering this course primarily as a member benefit for Queensland schools, so course fees are heavily subsidised and significantly less than other courses delivered face to face.

QAST member: $200 (inc. GST).

How do I register?

Simply complete the registration form linked at the top of this page and email to Payment must also be received prior to the course.

Please contact the team to express interest in additional dates for virtual Pathway to Profit. Dates/times are selected based on preferences from those on the waiting list. 

If you need any more information or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on (07) 3324 1511. If there isn’t a course scheduled for your local area, please contact us to go on the waiting list.

Training Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received within 7 days of the course date – 100% of the course fee will be retained by QAST.
  • Cancellations received within 8 to 14 days of the course date – 50% of the course fee will be retained by QAST.
  • Cancellations received within 15 days of the course date – full refund less administration fee of $50.00 applies.
  • Cancellation due to illness – 100% course fee will be refunded if a Doctor’s certificate is provided.
  • Transferring to another course – cancellation fee is removed; however, a $50 administration fee will be incurred. Please note one course transfer only is allowed. If a second course transfer is requested 100% of the course fee will be retained by QAST.

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