Career Choices Day
Career Choices Day provides school leavers, or adults looking to upskill, the opportunity to come onto campus, and check out areas of study.
Whether you see yourself behind the counter at the local café, being in charge of a top-flight restaurant, managing a luxury lodge or hotel, or waiting on tables in a busy restaurant, you’ll find the perfect start to your career in Hospitality at Wintec.
Catering for large events or running your own kitchen, ordering supplies, creating and pricing menus, cooking for your customers, training and supervising staff. These are all in-demand skills that could provide you with many career opportunities both here in New Zealand and overseas.
As a Waiter or Waitress you'll be busy looking after the needs of diners in restaurants, clubs, hotels and cafes. You'll explain the menu, take orders, serve food and drinks and anticipate your client’s needs. Clearing tables, polishing cutlery and assisting in the restocking of food and drinks is also part of your everyday duties.
Preparing, serving and selling fresh food and drinks are the skills of a Food Counter Assistant. You'll also be answering questions from customers about the food on display, checking to ensure food is kept fresh and at a safe temperature, managing the till, weighing, pricing and packing orders and managing staff and work rosters.
As a Maitre D' you're responsible for the overall smooth running of a restaurant or café. You’ll greet customers as they arrive, organise their seating, introduce them to their waiter, and ensure their dining experience goes without a hitch. You’ll supervise the staff, check bills, order stock and organise the cleaning and closing of the restaurant each evening.
As a Chef you'll be busy preparing and cooking food in hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. You also could be involved in designing, planning and pricing menus, training and supervising staff, buying food supplies and equipment, keeping records and keeping work areas clean and tidy.
Caterers manage and co-ordinate the preparation of food for functions or events. So you could help cook the food, meet with clients to plan the event, co-ordinate staff, organise seating and any additional equipment needed, packup after the event and do administrative tasks such as billing.
Critically acclaimed chef, Josh Emett, came from humble beginnings growing up on a dairy farm just outside Hamilton. After studying to be a chef at Waikato Polytechnic (now Wintec) he quickly progressed to fine dining restaurants in Auckland and Melbourne and then moved to London and worked for Gordon Ramsay for over 10 years, quickly becoming head chef at the world renowned Savoy Grill before opening restaurants for Gordon Ramsay in New York, Los Angeles and Melbourne. On returning to New Zealand, Josh and his business partner Fleur opened Madam Woo in Queenstown, and have since opened three more Madam Woos in Dunedin, Takapuna, and Hamilton, with Christchurch due to open in February.
Joel Miller couldn’t be happier with the way his life is going right now. The 19-year-old Hamilton chef has just landed a dream job as chef de partie to a royal family in Bahrain.
Hospitality student, Shinnel Uerata, is getting a head start on her career thanks to Wintec’s Work- Based Learning (WBL) experience.
While undertaking her culinary arts study at Wintec, Shinnel undertook a WBL placement at Mavis and Co.’s Hamilton East café. Just two weeks into the placement, Shinnel had proven her worth and was hired to work at Mavis and Co.
Ever wanted to know what it is like to work in a fun, cool, fast paced, interesting and dynamic industry ... Well now is your chance.
Find out for yourself as a WAITER FOR A NIGHT
Ever thought about being a chef? Can you imagine yourself in a commercial kitchen? The inspiration and creativity? The skills? The people and the pace?
Find out for yourself as a CHEF FOR A NIGHT!
This centre is strategically placed to meet the needs of learners, graduates and industry; regionally, nationally and internationally. This is achieved through programmes that are developed to meet the specific needs of the industries they are aligned with. The Centre prides itself in its association with industry organisations and associations.
The Centre offers a wide range of programmes in the service industries from hairdressing and beauty therapy to cookery, hospitality and restaurant and beverage service. The programmes provide diverse opportunities for graduates and a broad range of career paths.
The training and qualifications have local, national and international relevance which is achieved through best practice facilitation, modern facilities, current industry technologies, flexible delivery and contemporary practices.
All the programmes and qualifications offered by the Centre for Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Hospitality are suited to people who:
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