NEW DOORS OPEN UP FOR SUM­MER teacher at Mackay’s North­ern Beaches High School thought it was a good op­por­tu­nity and put my name for­ward,” she says. “I was al­ways ac­tive in the class­room in hos­pi­tal­ity class and at lunchtime I would vol­un­teer my time in th


SUM­MER Se­den went straight from her school-based hos­pi­tal­ity trainee­ship to a full-time job as a food and bev­er­age at­ten­dant and was named Em­ployee of the Quar­ter. Se­den, 16, un­der­took a year of train­ing at ibis Mackay Ho­tel via the Johnathan Thurston Academy.

Thurston and the ibis Mackay team launched the JT School-Based Trainee­ship pro­gram last year to help indige­nous school kids get work ex­pe­ri­ence and kick­start their em­ploy­ment jour­ney. “My hos­pi­tal­ity email ques­tions to ca­reer­

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