Trainees head out to the world

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

THE Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre has grad­u­ated an­other eight young stu­dents from its Cer­tifi­cate III in Hos­pi­tal­ity.

The pro­gram, which has been run­ning since the cen­tre opened four years ago, has had more than 50 in­dige­nous stu­dents suc­cess­fully grad­u­ate and move into the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

Speak­ing at the com­ple­tion cer­e­mony for the eight stu­dents who are from In­n­is­fail and Mt Isa, Moss­man Gorge gen­eral man­ager Ben Pratt said they had all done the cen­tre proud.

“I look for­ward to hear­ing all the in­cred­i­ble suc­cess sto­ries from here to come.

“This is the first part of long jour­ney. I have the ut­most faith that you’re go­ing to do an in­cred­i­ble job.”

Speak­ing to the later Mr Pratt ex­plained how the cen­tre of­fered the Cer­tifi­cate III in hos­pi­tal­ity, backed by the South Aus­tralian-based Wil­liam Angliss In­sti­tute as a way to hire am­bi­tious in­dige­nous youth into Voy­ages group, and also help lo­cal busi­nesses.

The stu­dents are placed with lo­cal host em­ploy­ers, which this year were QT Re­sort, Pep­pers Beach Club, Mango Jam and Sea Tem­ple.

Stu­dents live on-site at the cen­tre, with meals and trans­port pro­vided. They are given a place­ment with a lo­cal em­ployer for six months, with a guar­an­teed job op­por­tu­nity at the end, whether it be with the host em­ployer in the Dou­glas re­gion or with Voy­ages.

Mr Pratt ex­plained how be­cause Voy­ages has fran­chise agree­ments with the multi­na­tional Ac­cor Ho­tels, the op­por­tu­ni­ties were end­less.

“The ben­e­fit there is it opens up that en­tire net­work of one of the largest ho­tel com­pa­nies in the world, and I guess for those that do show prom­ise – es­pe­cially some of the kids you would have seen to­day, that’s a tremen­dous plat­form where they can get their foot in the door with a com­pany like Ac­cor and travel the world or right across Aus­tralia.”

The cen­tre doesn’t just pro­vide a plat­form for stu­dents to earn their cer­tifi­cate, but also helps teach soft skills and al­low the stu­dents to grow.

“Th­ese stu­dents come here fairly bright eyed and bushy tailed but fairly shy.

“Ev­ery­one gets be­hind what th­ese stu­dents are do­ing so they have a great sup­port base.”

The cen­tre is gear­ing up to search for new stu­dents to train for next year, and the next batch will no doubt be as suc­cess­ful as this one.

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