Serving up the next industry leaders

Tasmania’s future tourism and hospitality leaders are rolling up their sleeves today at the Country Club Tasmania and Wrest Point Hotel as part of a Beacon Foundation Growth Industry Preparation Program (GrIPP).

Federal Group and Beacon Foundation have a partnership that includes the delivery of multiple programs each year. Today’s GrIPP is an important piece of that partnership, with the program  connecting secondary students to industry volunteers at iconic venues including the Country Club Tasmania and Wrest Point Hotel.

The program opens students’ eyes and minds to the huge career opportunities within Tasmania’s growing tourism industry by building career aspiration, confidence, and skills.

Today, Country Club Tasmania is hosting students from Newstead College and Deloraine High School, while Wrest Point Hotel is hosting students from Rosny College and Rose Bay High School.

Students are being offered exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences in the operation of restaurants, bars and events at the award-winning venues.  They’re also participating in speed-career guidance sessions, with a focus on resume building and career skill development.

Country Club Tasmania General Manager, Ross Hannah said he and his team hoped to inspire the next generation of industry leaders.

“Since 2015, the Federal Group has worked with  Beacon Foundation to provide hands-on experience and mentoring for the budding tourism and hospitality leaders of the future,” Mr Hannah said.

“When you’re deciding on your career, there’s nothing more valuable than having a go at the job at hand and chatting with some of the best of the best in the industry who can share their real-life experiences and advice.

“It’s also a great chance for young Tasmanians to see the enormous opportunities that are open to them right now. The silver lining to the current skills shortage is that the world really is the oyster for young Tasmanians, with opportunity after opportunity in the tourism and hospitality sector.”

Beacon CEO, Scott Harris said that the program was designed to both inspire students and support them through a series of career readiness activities in preparation for potential careers in the industry.

“Importantly, our partnership with Federal Group isn’t just a once off workshop, instead giving the students multiple opportunities to engage directly with industry throughout each year. We thank Federal Group for their support and for giving the students access to real world experiences which are impossible to replicate in the classroom.”

Beacon Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that supports young people to have the aspiration, motivation, and ability to determine their working future.

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