The future on a platter
An international college is helping meet the need for hospitality workers, writes Julian Swallow
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.
UP TO DATE: Carrick campus director Julie Clifford with hospitality students Jessica Day and Timothy Nicholson.