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​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.


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 sk​​ills 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.


Explore programmes and career options in BeautyHairdressingTravel and Tourism, Event Management, FitnessOutdoor Recreation and Massage or Professional Cookery.

Short Courses (Professional Programmes)

We offer three short hospitality courses: Barista, Food Safety, and Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) Seminar. The LCQ is for people who want to apply for their manager’s certificate.

See our full range of professional programmes in the hospitality category.


Chef 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!


Waiter for a Night

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

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Work Based Learning

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.

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