Stu­dents get hands-on work in Wai­heke

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An ap­pren­tice­ship as a chef, plus sum­mer jobs do­ing house­keep­ing and a call back for more work experience are some of the re­sults of an im­promptu nine-day work experience op­por­tu­nity for some HLC hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents at a posh re­sort on Wai­heke Is­land.

One of the stu­dents’ mother had worked at the re­sort and made the con­nec­tion for them.

“It was amaz­ing. They worked 17-hour days in split shifts. This gave them a unique in­sight into what life in hos­pi­tal­ity is re­ally like,” said HLC’s An­gela Torr.

On top of that they got to meet the Wal­la­bies, who were stay­ing at the re­sort.

Nine days of sheer hard graft hasn’t put any of them off hos­pi­tal­ity work. On the con­trary they are ea­ger to go back for more.

Nine HLC NZ Food and Bev­er­age Level 4 stu­dents launched their ca­reer with a bang when HLC was of­fered the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time with work experience place­ment at the four star Wai­heke Is­land Re­sort. This re­sort is Wai­heke Is­land’s largest ac­com­mo­da­tion provider with fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a 60 seater restau­rant, bar, out­door swim­ming pool and spa.

Wai­heke Is­land Re­sort needed ex­tra hands for an up­com­ing large con­fer­ence.

That con­fer­ence turned out to be the Wal­la­bies Rugby team who had cho­sen Wai­heke Is­land Re­sort as their train­ing base for four days be­fore their fi­nal Bledis­loe Cup clash with the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auck­land.

Hay­ley Smith, pro­gramme man­ager for HLC said, “This has been a hugely suc­cess­ful ini­tia­tive, the stu­dents have been able to experience first-hand how de­mand­ing hos­pi­tal­ity is, they have worked seven days of split shifts in a va­ri­ety of roles in­clud­ing front of house, kitchen hand du­ties, house­keep­ing and func­tions. The team has come away with a re­al­is­tic idea of the phys­i­cal and men­tal de­mands of Hos­pi­tal­ity, which is a great thing, it means we are well on our way to pro­duc­ing work ready grad­u­ates re­quired for in­dus­try at the end of their pro­gramme in Novem­ber,” she said.

The stu­dents’ work ethic was so good that Wai­heke Is­land Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Parke Mackay wrote an in­di­vid­ual let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion to each stu­dent which said, “It has been an ab­solute plea­sure to work with you and you should be ex­tremely proud of the ex­em­plary man­ner in which you con­ducted your­selves.

“As a man­age­ment team with over 60 years com­bined experience, we can con­firm that your per­for­mance level while here was both pro­fes­sional and fas­tid­i­ous.”

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Horowhenua Learn­ing Cen­tre Hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents en­joyed their nine-day work experience at the Wai­heke Is­land Re­sort, where they got to meet the Wal­la­bies.

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