St. Benedict’s first Hospitality class the right recipe for students and business

May 29, 2015    

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St. Benedict’s Catholic College is a co-educational high school, located in Oran Park.  It opened in 2011 with an initial cohort of 75 students and expanded each year with a new Year 7 intake.  The College now has a total of 545 students from Years 7 to 11.

The inaugural group of students has reached Year 11 and students, who are studying Hospitality as part of their Higher School Certificate, recently attended their first week of work placement in industry.

MWLP – Linking Youth, who co-ordinates this work placement, was inundated with outstanding feedback from local businesses about these highly accomplished students.

In fact, two students were offered Apprenticeships and another, casual work.

Jessica Healy was exceptional during her placement and is now employed by HTN and contracted to Wests Leagues Club.  Executive Chef, Graeme Kruger gave her a perfect score.  “Jessica was a gem all week and had very good skill levels and ability.  She even ran a busy section all by herself,” he said.

Lachlan Abbott was offered an Apprenticeship with Camden Valley Country Club.  He found his work placement to be really helpful.  It gave him an idea of what hands on hospitality is all about.  He said “Everyone there was super nice.  I put in a lot of effort and felt I did pretty well, but was really happy to be offered this opportunity about one hour before my placement finished.  I’m going to make up my mind about whether or not I’ll take it once I’ve completed my Construction placement.”

Elyse Murphy and Olivia Lowe were placed at Carrington Centennial Care and it was not what they were expecting.  They didn’t cook but instead learnt all about ‘front of house’ duties and they loved it.  “We really enjoyed serving and interacting with the clients there.”

Hospitality Teacher, Lynette Reavell, is grateful for the MWLP program.  “They take care of all the paperwork and provide a broad range of establishments to meet the individual needs of the students and their interests,” she said.

MWLP SWL Manager, Trudi Haycock added “It was great to hear all of the wonderful feedback from the employers.  There were some wonderful outcomes of students obtaining employment, which really showcases the positive results of VET and work placement.  This whole group of students has done St. Benedict’s and themselves proud.”

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