A recent visit by MWLP to Beverly Hills Girls High School (BHGHS) revealed a diverse and exciting world for Hospitality students, teachers and visitors.
Michael Everett (MWLP Work Placement Manager) and Nichole Schlosser (MWLP Work Placement Coordinator) met with Marcia Nelson (Vocational Education and Training Coordinator).
From the moment they discovered the recently landscaped front court yard Michael and Nicole were keen to see what the school held in store and they weren’t disappointed.
A tour of the busy Hospitality Facility featured a Trades Skills Centre (funded by the Federal Government). It encompasses not only a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, where students benefit from using commercial equipment in a commercial situation, but a Café as well.
Hospitality students run the Café on Thursday and Friday mornings. Teachers order from a Blackboard Menu and are treated to breakfast and coffee. Hospitality Teacher, Susan Duffy was supervising and according to Michael and Nicole the coffee was great!
Lto R: Marcia Nelson & Rob Mills (Teachers), Pearl Papali, Gemma Sablada, Michael Everett (MWLP), Katherine Qi and Susan Duffy (Teacher)
Michael added “During our visit we had the opportunity to talk with Hospitality student Katherine Qi, a Year 12 student who has been on two outstanding work placements; one at Eleven Bridge (one of Sydney’s best restaurants and part of the Rockpool Group) and the other at the 5 star Swissotel Sydney.
Katherine is an International Student from China who spoke glowingly about her opportunities at both her placements. Katherine said “The two experiences were different but the people at both were wonderful, giving me the opportunity to experience a variety of cooking styles and to understand how they created the delicious items on their menus. I feel very privileged to have been given these placements.”
Two other BHGHS students Gemma Sablada and Pearl Papalii also went to Eleven Bridge for work placement and both had great things to say.
Eleven Bridge Executive Chef, Phil Wood joined the MWLP Work Placement program early last year and offers one student each week the opportunity to experience first-hand life in the kitchen. Phil says “Our industry, in general, is struggling to find good employees and we need to readjust how we work in order to attract young people. We find work placement to be a great way to introduce and encourage students into careers in Hospitality.”
MWLP provides work placement opportunities for over 6,000 Year 11 and 12 students each year and this would not be possible without the wonderful support of their business hosts. It definitely is a win/win situation for both the businesses and students.
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MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.