LO­CALS SET TO STUDY WITH PCYC

Brad takes on Cert III in hos­pi­tal­ity

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Zhanae Con­way-Dodd Zhanae.Con­way-Dodd@cap­news.com.au

BRAD Ek­blad has dreamed of be­com­ing a chef and the Biloela boy is now one step closer to turn­ing his love of food and cook­ing into a ca­reer.

The 19-year-old has signed up with a new pro­gram the PCYC is run­ning in Biloela.

For 14 weeks the lo­cal PCYC will take on 18 peo­ple be­tween the ages of 15 and 19 and train them in a Cer­tifi­cate III in Hos­pi­tal­ity.

Brad, who works as a ca­sual at the Anzac Me­mo­rial Club, met the cri­te­ria for the pro­gram and is look­ing for­ward to the skills he will take away from the course which fin­ishes in De­cem­ber.

“At the mo­ment I work in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try,” Brad said.

“I work at the Anzac Me­mo­rial Club, be­hind the bar but I was hop­ing that I could work in the kitchen and be­come a chef.

“My man­ager just told me about the course and I thought ‘oh yeah this is a great op­por­tu­nity’ so I jumped at the chance to take it on.

“Be­ing a chef has been my dream for a long time. I love cook­ing and I love food.”

Brad said the course was ideal as he could con­tinue work­ing at the RSL while tak­ing classes from 9am un­til 3pm, Mon­day to Fri­day.

“I can do this while I am work­ing at the RSL. I don’t want to leave there be­cause it’s a great place to work so be­ing able to study while I work makes it 10 times bet­ter,” he said.

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor, Monique Van Houwelin­gen, said they were still look­ing for more lo­cals to sign up.

“I would en­cour­age young peo­ple who aren’t at­tend­ing school or work­ing full time and who want to up-skill them­selves to sign up,” Ms Van Houwelin­gen said.

“The course will run un­til De­cem­ber and equip those who take it with job skills such as re­sume writ­ing and in­ter­view­ing tech­niques.”

Brad said he hoped af­ter the course, he could se­cure him­self an ap­pren­tice chef po­si­tion some­where.

“The Cert III in hos­pi­tal­ity will cer­tainly make it easy for me to get some kind of work in a kitchen in the fu­ture and that sort of en­vi­ron­ment as I would al­ready have that ba­sic knowl­edge,” he said.

PHOTO: ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD

BIG DREAMS: Brad Ek­blad is cur­rently work­ing be­hind the bar at the Anzac Me­mo­rial Club Biloela and has signed up with the PCYC to get his Cer­tifi­cate III in Hos­pi­tal­ity.

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