Trainees head out to the world
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.