Job-ready students set for the workforce after year-long program

Students learning about the importance of customer service at Wrest Point

Thirty high school students are getting a taste of hospitality life in a program to boost workforce attraction in the tourism and hospitality sector and provide real-world job training for young people.

Students from Bayview Secondary College and Kingston High School are getting on-the-job insights at a special visit to Wrest Point today, as part of a career readiness training program run by the Beacon Foundation.

The year-long program has already resulted in a job for one student and work experience placements for three others.

The program has been run in partnership with Federal Group and students have been given the opportunity to meet and learn from staff across the tourism and hospitality operator’s award-winning venues.

It’s included four sessions spread throughout the year, culminating in its final onsite visit at Wrest Point today.

The specially designed program was designed to provide students with the skills needed to enter the workforce.

Today, students were taken on a tour of the property, learning the ins and outs of Wrest Point’s multiple restaurants and accommodation offerings, including a firsthand look at how a brand-new venue operates at Longhorn Smokehouse.

Students spent the afternoon with Wrest Point team members, hearing about their career journeys and identifying the skills that will help them transition to the workforce.

Beacon Foundation CEO Scott Harris said the success of the program demonstrated the importance of students having authentic interactions with real-world workplaces.

“There’s no better environment for learning the skills needed to enter the workforce than a workplace itself, and that’s why programs like this are so effective at preparing students for employment,” Mr Harris said.

“Importantly, our partner program with Federal Group isn’t just a once off workshop, instead giving the students multiple experiences which allows ideas to take root and grow into meaningful understanding of what’s required in the workforce.

“It’s absolutely fantastic that one student from the program has already secured casual employment, with three others given further valuable work experience which could open the doors to future opportunities.

“Beacon is serious about supporting young people to have the aspiration, motivation, and ability to determine their working future and I would like to thank Federal Group for their support in helping us to achieve that.”

Wrest Point General Manager Andrew Fox said it was a great feeling to help students gain employment skills that would stick with them for life.

“Wrest Point’s varied operations makes it a wonderful place for learning about a career in tourism and hospitality,” Mr Fox said.

“Whether it’s seeing how the brand-new kitchen operates at the Longhorn Smokehouse, or hearing from our team about the opportunities available here, we’re proud to have given students a taste of the skills needed to get a job after school, or even while they are still studying.

“As well as being valuable for the students, the program is highly rewarding for our team, who love the opportunity to share their own career journeys and help the next generation on their way to future employment.”