Hospitality is a career full of opportunities.
You could start out serving coffees, become a chef or restaurant manager and one day even end up running your own business. This practical introduction to the industry will see you working in NMIT’s state-of-the-art kitchen and restaurant training facility where you’ll be preparing, cooking and serving some of our region’s finest produce.
The Hospitality programme is available at both Level 2 (Hospitality Year 1) and Level 3 (Hospitality Year 2). The focus of the first year is on developing knowledge and skills in various areas of hospitality, including cooking, café service, introductory barista (coffee-making) and front-of house. Students in the Year 2 programme, have the opportunity to further develop their cooking skills in the commercial kitchen; learning how to put together ingredients and flavours to come up with mouth-watering local and international dishes.
Time: 9am to 2.30pm Fridays
Location: NMIT Nelson
Pathways + Opportunities
- Industry Employment/Apprenticeships and ITO Training
- Tertiary Pre-Employment Training at NMIT in Culinary Arts, Food and Beverage Service
- UNIVERSITY STUDIES:
- Food Nutrition
- Food Technology
Chef or Cook
Short Order Cook
Cruise Ships or Oil Rigs
Food and Beverage Manager
Cafés, Bars and Hotels
Connie wanted to continue studying Hospitality in Year 13 but wasn’t able to do this at school, so enrolled in the Trades Academy programme instead. This has turned out to be a great opportunity. “The programme here is really cool. It’s all practical and hands on, and we get to work in the commercial kitchen for a full day every Friday, rather than only having a few periods throughout the week at school”.
Connie says that the programme is giving her the skills and experience she needs to go on and gain employment in the hospitality sector. “I’ve learnt so many new skills here – every week we do something different. The tutor starts by demonstrating and explaining what we’re going to do for the day and then we get to go into the kitchen and do it all ourselves.”
One highlight of the course has been meeting new people from other schools. “We all want to be here, so everyone is focused and engaged in what they’re doing. The tutors are also really friendly and helpful.”
Hize took Hospitality in Years 11 and 12 at school and was then given the opportunity to come to Trades Academy to complete the Level 3 Trades Hospitality programme. He says he was quite nervous when he first started the programme, as he was unsure what to expect. Now however, he’s met people from lots of different schools and is really enjoying the chance to improve his cooking skills and explore new ways of preparing food.
“I enjoy being in the kitchen for the full day and there’s a good balance between practical and theory work. The chefs here are all friendly and patient. You can always ask questions if you don’t understand something”.