COVID has impacted high schools in countless ways, including the inability for students to venture into workplaces for hands-on experience.
For 120 students from six of the region’s high schools, Wednesday’s trip to Country Club Tasmania for a hospitality workforce development day was their first chance this year to gain some practical insight – and get out of the classroom.
The Statewide Hospitality Career Showcase, held in conjunction with the Beacon Foundation, involved a taster of the hospitality industry, including kitchen skills, front of house training and mocktail making.
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There was also a question and answer session at the end, in which students could engage with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association, Country Club Tasmania and apprenticeship and training schemes.
Beacon Foundation senior business and school engagement manager Ebony Bridle said the one-day program helped students in years 9 to 11 to understand the demands of working in hospitality.
“They were able to hear from staff about some of the skills you need in the industry, personality types and attributes that help, such as being able to communicate and engage with customers,” she said.
“It’s been such a positive experience because, for a lot of them, this is the first time they’ve been able to go out on-site with industry because of the restrictions.
“There were a lot of questions that could be answered too, such as the next steps they should take if they’d like a school-based apprenticeship.”