Dis­ney mak­ing dream a re­al­ity

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Dis­ney World is a place where you can cre­ate magic ev­ery­day, where mak­ing dreams come true is all part of the job.

From Septem­ber next year 19-year-old James Hamil­ton of Pu­taruru will learn what is re­quired in run­ning a tourism busi­ness.

For 12 months he will call Or­lando, Florida, home.

Re­cruit­ment man­agers for the en­ter­tain­ment com­pany re­cently held ses­sions in Auck­land, Welling­ton and Christchurch, as part of a sem­i­nar and in­ter­view­ing process for Aus­tralia and New Zealand Work Ex­pe­ri­ence can­di­dates.

Mur­ray Hamil­ton said his son had a real pas­sion for the tourism in­dus­try, with the for­mer Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dent cur­rently study­ing at the Sir Ge­orge Sey­mour Tourism Col­lege in Hamil­ton.

‘‘James went to Auck­land with five oth­ers from the Hamil­ton cam­pus and there were ap­prox­i­mately 1000 peo­ple at the Auck­land ses­sion,’’ Mr Hamil­ton said.

Of the 1000 ap­pli­cants at the Auck­land ses­sion, Mr Hamil­ton said James was one of the six Sir Ge­orge Sey­mour students from Hamil­ton to be ac­cepted for the Dis­ney In­ter- na­tional Man­age­ment Pro­gramme.

Over a twelve-month pe­riod the young tourism en­thu­si­ast will be in­volved in var­ied roles.

These will in­clude wel­com­ing vis­i­tors, char­ac­ter play, food and bev­er­age and re­sort ac­com­mo­da­tion, while at­tend­ing train­ing cour­ses aimed at tourism man­age­ment.

The course of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for students 18 years and older (and study­ing at an ac­cred­ited post­sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tute or a ter­tiary level in­sti­tu­tion) to net­work with Dis­ney lead­ers and ex­pand on their ex­pe­ri­ences at the 70sq km theme park.

MAGIC AWAITS: Pu­taruru teenager James Hamil­ton has been ac­cepted into the Dis­ney Man­age­ment Pro­gramme where he will spend 12 months in Or­lando.

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