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NorthTec serves up great hospitality traning!

caitlin foster

Did you know that New Zealand’s hospitality industry is experiencing a skills shortage? It means now is the ideal time to study and prepare yourself to score a great job.

NorthTec’s hospitality training is highly regarded by employers here in Northland, so our graduates are sought after.

We offer a range of programmes from levels 3 to 5, based in Whangarei at our excellent facilities which include a working café and restaurant. You’ll learn all the techniques to succeed in the kitchen, as well as front-of-house duties and restaurant management.

Starting in July, you can enrol now for the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3). This programme is the essential introduction to professional cookery and will prepare you to work as a junior chef in a commercial kitchen. You’ll learn how to prepare, cook and present a range of basic dishes, while learning about industry health and safety, food safety and security practices.

The New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service, also at level 3, will start you on your career pathway within the industry, giving you experience in kitchen and front-of- house operations. It’ll give you the knowledge and skills you need to provide service in cafés and unlicensed restaurants, teaching you about food preparation and service, kitchen health and safety and customer service and barista skills.

NorthTec also offers both of these certificates at level 4 – teaching you more advanced skills and preparing you for employment as an intermediate level chef (NZ Certificate in Cookery) or as a supervisor in cafés, restaurants, bars or clubs (NZ Certificate in Food and Beverage Service). With this qualification you’ll also learn about wine appreciation and get your Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ).

For those who aspire to being a senior chef, the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) is a level 5 programme which will teach you how to produce advanced dishes in a professional kitchen. It’s an excellent way to earn a qualification that will greatly enhance your employment opportunities in the industry.

For young people aged 16 to 19, NorthTec also offers fees-free foundation programmes providing a pathway into careers in cookery and hospitality.

For more information, go to www.northtec.ac.nz/programmes/hospitality.

Caitlin Foster – Hospitality

“Getting to eat everything I make is a stand-out of the course, along with the students and the absolutely amazing tutors. The tutors are great people with a huge amount of industry experience. The fact that we do food services here for different groups and events is a cool way to get real customer experience.

“The workload at level 5 is a bit of a challenge but I like a challenge and it keeps me occupied outside of class hours. I always did well at school, but here we can go beyond what is expected or think outside the square and get rewarded for it.”

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