Students treated to Gibraltar style hospitality
A group of Chevalier College Year 12 students were hosted by the team at Gibraltar Hotel on Friday 28 April, as part of their Hospitality (Food and Beverage) studies. The excursion included an insightful tour of the hotel conducted by Wedding Co-ordinator Alicia Guy, followed by a presentation on brand and service by Marketing Director, Randall Walker and words of experience and wisdom from Executive Chef Ben Bamford.
The visit to Gibraltar Hotel aimed to expose students to the various roles and departments within the hospitality industry. “Gibraltar certainly provided,” said Hospitality teacher Allison Pace “showcasing their food and beverages, kitchen production, accommodation, housekeeping, front office, sales and marketing, maintenance and human resources departments. Our students walked away with a deepened understanding of the dynamics of the industry and a stronger appreciation of the passion, dedication and hard work that is demanded from those working in this sector.”
Student Annabella Napoleone said she could see the rewards of working in an industry that “can take you all around the world” and was astonished to learn how interrelated hospitality is to almost all business enterprise. “We had a gorgeous day spent touring the beautiful hotel, the stunning golf course and the amazing leisure and relaxation facilities,” she said, “and the bar, restaurants and dining areas, each with their unique ambience, would accommodate a variety of different functions.” Annabella found the whole experience gave her great insight into the career opportunities available, and enjoyed hearing from the staff, “who clearly are passionate and love their job, exemplified through their thorough knowledge of the industry and the broad experiences they shared”.
Hospitality courses are a popular choice at Chevalier College, with 160 students from Years 9 to 12 currently studying the electives of Hospitality – Food and Beverage; and Hospitality – Kitchen Operations (Stage 6 Vocational Education and Training [VET] Courses); and Food Technology in Stage 5 – a Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) course.
With commercial and domestic kitchens, and Jules Cafe (the on-site training cafe at Chev), our Hospitality facilities are state-of-the-art learning spaces for our students and their dedicated and highly qualified VET and TAS teachers. In 2016 Chevalier College Hospitality graduate Eyob Geist was named the Southern Highlands VET Student of the Year, and secured a place at the William Blue College of Hospitality Management in Sydney.
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It was a wonderful opportunity for the current Year 12 students to gain some valuable insight and career inspiration from the staff and environment of an industry leader and we thank Gibraltar Hotel for the welcome and experiences shared with our group.
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