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Smart Skills Hospitality Training

​Eilish & Kali enjoying the Smart Skills course.
During the second week of this term, a group of Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students reported to the Bridge Restaurant at the Burdekin Motor Inn to compete their restaurant service course for vocational education and training.
Experienced trainer and assessor, Stuart Dawe from private provider “Smart Skills Developing People” allowed the students to competently develop skills in the modules “Serve Food and Beverage to Customer” and “Prepare and Serve Non-Alcoholic Beverages”.
Stuart commenced the week with a very inexperienced team of workers. However, after five days of training from 8.30am to 4.00pm each day, the students developed and refined their skills sufficiently to allow them to host two events. On the Thursday evening, 120 paying guests were served a three course dinner at the Bridge Restaurant. The guests consisted of parents, friends, teachers and the general public and we were very appreciative of this great roll up as it allowed the students to get a true picture of the difficulties associated with serving a crowd of people efficiently.
On Friday during the lunch hour, the students set up a café in the school dining room where they practised their skills with the cappuccino machine as well as serving other non-alcoholic beverages to staff and many demanding students.
The Year 12s have already completed their bar service course and responsible service of alcohol in 2012 and the Year 11s will complete this in 2014. Many of the students are presently enjoying work placement in a number of Burdekin hospitality venues where they are using their restaurant and bar skills over a five week period. This provides excellent opportunity for part time work while at school or university or full time work after leaving school.