Feb 11, 2016
Academy New Zealand’s free Youth Guarantee Hospitality course has the right ingredients to get students started in a hospitality job!
A hospitality student gained some awesome work experience and landed a job at a popular restaurant, all before her course had even finished.
Tapita Gates started her Academy Hospitality course, delivered at Quantum Education Group Tauranga, in September 2015. After some hands-on learning about café food preparation, food safety, how to make espresso coffees, and more, she gained work experience in a commercial food truck, Tia’s Tacos.
Tapita had heaps of fun preparing and selling food in the truck while listening to the concerts (Six60 and One Love) and checking out the events the truck operates at. The experience gave her the opportunity to put all of the great skills she learnt during her hospitality course into practice.
Not only did Tapita gain some awesome work experience as part of her course, she has now landed a job at a popular Tauranga restaurant, Nautilus. Tapita works alongside the chefs in the kitchen doing food preparation for lunch and dinner. Salad preparation is her speciality!
“I picked up a real solid skill base in the kitchen through my course. The course also gave me some real knowledge that has helped me “talk” hospitality. I was able to hit the ground running in my awesome job at Nautilus because of the skills and knowledge I picked up.”