FOOD FOR THOUGHT: NORTEC Staff and trainers with the graduates from the first round of the Lismore Golf Club restaurant, hospitality training initiative and Thomas George MP.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: NORTEC Staff and trainers with the graduates from the first round of the Lismore Golf Club restaurant, hospitality training initiative and Thomas George MP. Contributed

Workers Club and NORTEC team up with hospitality students

NORTEC and the Lismore Workers Club teamed up to put a group of students through their Certificate III in Hospitality.

The first 12 students graduating from the class were served celebratory food and drink served by the 10 new students in the current course.

The Lismore Workers Club were approached by NORTEC staff earlier last year to assist them to reinvigorate the restaurant at the Lismore Golf Club and transform the quiet restaurant into a buzzing venue for club visitors and to allow local jobseekers to receive hands on training in the industry. NORTEC Staff even helped paint and renovate the restaurant before opening it as a working venue.

Spokeswoman for NORTEC, Michelle Dowding said: "The approach was made to the Club because too often jobseekers had received all the right training and necessary certification but had little or no experience in the hospitality industry - and employers in the industry required staff with experience.

"This partnership was ideal in bringing skills and experience to jobseekers and the outcomes had proven the initiative was a success."

"Of the 12 graduating in the course, two have gained apprenticeships at the club, a further gained an apprenticeship chef's position for a venue in Casino, another a traineeship with the Club and four of the staff had gained paid employment in the industry," Ms Dowding said.

"The other four graduates are very optimistic of gaining employment now too - in fact one graduate has received several offers of employment and is in the enviable position of making up his mind which is the best offer.

"With both experience and certification on their resume they stand a better chance. I'm sure the second group of students have been rightfully inspired by the successes of the first group." Thomas George MP (who mentioned that at one point in his youth he too had worked in the hospitality industry), presented the certificates to the graduates and mentioned that he had experienced an exceptional lunch service at the Golf Club with the food and service "worthy of a top restaurant".



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