A head start in hospi­tal­ity

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STU­DENTS at Site Academy get a head start in their ca­reers be­cause of its in­dus­try-based, em­ploy­ment­fo­cused and in­ten­sive hospi­tal­ity pro­grams.

They grad­u­ate with re­sumes that can ac­cel­er­ate their ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions.

One stu­dent, Kyall Zech­ner, en­rolled in Site Academy’s Cer­tifi­cate IV in Hospi­tal­ity pro­gram af­ter fin­ish­ing school at Golden Grove High School.

Com­plet­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence as a food and bev­er­age at­ten­dant at Ade­laide En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre and as func­tions set-up at Sfera’s Park Suites and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Kyall had knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in the event sec­tor of hospi­tal­ity.

He com­pleted the course and gained full-time work at Stag­ing Con­nec­tions as a trainee event stag­ing man­ager at the Hil­ton, Ade­laide. He was trans­ferred to the Hy­att Re­gency, Ade­laide, where he was pro­moted to as­sis­tant event stag­ing man­ager.

‘‘With­out ex­pe­ri­ence, vast in­dus­try knowl­edge and con­nec­tions that Site Academy has ex­posed me to, I wouldn’t be where I am in the event in­dus­try to­day,’’ he says.

Fel­low stu­dent Ja­nine Polk­inghorn has built her ca­reer with the Oaks Ho­tel Group, start­ing as guest service agent at Oaks Lib­erty Tow­ers in Ade­laide. She worked her way up to the Oaks Head Of­fice at the Sun­shine Coast, work­ing in the roles of on­line dis­trib­u­tor then ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to the gen­eral man­ager of op­er­a­tions.

She now works as an ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Oaks Fes­ti­val Tow­ers and Oaks Casino Tow­ers in Bris­bane.

Stu­dents of­ten choose to com­plete their in­dus­try place­ment in Ade­laide but many also seek to use it as an op­por­tu­nity to travel in­ter­state and over­seas.

These in­clude Vanessa Ur­ban, who grad­u­ated from Kil­dare College and com­pleted the Ad­vanced Diploma of Hospi­tal­ity at Site Academy.

She worked in NSW then se­cured per­ma­nent work as a guest service agent at The Ma­jes­tic Old Lion and Tynte Street Apart­ments.

Site Academy is tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for its June in­take of the Cer­tifi­cate IV in Hospi­tal­ity and Ad­vanced Diploma of Hospi­tal­ity pro­grams.

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