The fu­ture on a plat­ter

An in­ter­na­tional col­lege is help­ing meet the need for hos­pi­tal­ity work­ers, writes Ju­lian Swal­low

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SOUTH Aus­tralian ho­tels and restau­rants scream­ing out for hos­pi­tal­ity work­ers, so skilled and qual­i­fied grad­u­ates with work ex­pe­ri­ence are in great de­mand, ac­cord­ing to Car­rick cam­pus di­rec­tor Julie Clif­ford.

Car­rick, a pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion provider with a cam­pus on North Tce, of­fers a range of hos­pi­tal­ity cour­ses from certificate and diploma level up to bach­e­lor de­gree.

Cour­ses are tai­lored to stu­dents want­ing to get into the in­dus­try, as well as ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als seek­ing to up­date their qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Clif­ford says lo­cal ho­tels and restau­rants are al­ways on the hunt for qual­i­fied staff and Car­rick hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents re­ceive the best train­ing from ex­pe­ri­enced in­dus­try lead­ers and grad­u­ates.

The work has a strong bent to­ward com­bin­ing class­room the­ory with prac­ti­cal train­ing.

‘‘ There is a very strong fo­cus on hav­ing vo­ca­tional teach­ers with cur­rent in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ she says.

‘‘ The in­for­ma­tion taught in class is very much up to date.

‘‘ The amount of in­dus­try knowl­edge is some­thing I pride my­self on.’’

While Car­rick has been in Ade­laide for only three years, the provider has more than 24 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tion and is owned by Ka­plan, one of the world’s lead­ing providers of life­long ed­u­ca­tion.

Car­rick has forged part­ner­ships with 60 ma­jor in­dus­try em­ploy­ers in Ade­laide and many stu­dents un­der­take work ex­pe­ri­ence as part of their study.

‘‘ A very high pro­por­tion of stu­dents are of­fered place­ments,’’ Clif­ford says.

A hos­pi­tal­ity diploma stu­dent, for ex­am­ple, will un­der­take 200 hours of train­ing.

Car­rick works on get­ting its grad­u­ates into work through a ded­i­cated jobs and ca­reer of­fi­cer, who is avail­able to as­sist both cur­rent and for­mer stu­dents to find em­ploy­ment.

Clif­ford says many work place­ments and part-time jobs ul­ti­mately turn into per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment.

‘‘ We have a very high suc­cess rate. We pro­vide you with the skills to get the job you want,’’ she says.

Aside from its hos­pi­tal­ity course, Car­rick’s Ade­laide cam­pus also of­fers train­ing in ar­eas in­clud­ing hair­dress­ing and com­mu­nity ser­vices.

Some cour­ses are el­i­gi­ble for gov­ern­ment loans through the VET FEE-HELP scheme.

WHAT’S ON OF­FER

and bach­e­lor de­gree level cour­ses cater to stu­dents who want to get into an in­dus­try and pro­fes­sion­als who want to up­date their qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

A jobs and ca­reer of­fi­cer

is avail­able to as­sist stu­dents.

Picture: Calum Robert­son

UP TO DATE: Car­rick cam­pus di­rec­tor Julie Clif­ford with hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents Jes­sica Day and Ti­mothy Ni­chol­son.

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