25 Aug 2015
Chris is a student with TAFE Queensland Brisbane’s College of Tourism and Hospitality, and is doing his apprenticeship with Acclaim Apprentices and Trainees, working at Caboolture Sports Club.
Chris has proven himself an exemplary student throughout his apprentice classes. His teacher, Chef Martin MacInnes offered his praise; “Chris has made huge strides in his development from when he first joined us as the beginning of his apprenticeship. In just one year Chris has really demonstrated the determination needed to be a successful chef. We look forward to seeing him develop even further throughout his apprenticeship with us.”
It’s been a hands-on journey for Chris, who decided he wanted to be a chef after becoming hooked on TV cooking shows – Gordon Ramsey is one of his inspirations. He said his TAFE journey so far has been exciting, challenging and informative, and chalks a lot of his success up to support from his teachers. “They go out their way to help – Martin especially!” he said.
Faculty Director, Maria O’Dea, acknowledged the contribution of Chris’ employer, and how crucial their support is to the growth and development of talent like Chris.
“It’s great to see an employer’s commitment to the development of their apprentices. At a time when the hospitality industry faces a challenge recruiting and retaining chefs, it is employers like Acclaim who lead the way in mentoring and guiding their young apprentices through to completion and a bright future in the culinary world.”
Veronika Barna from Acclaim Apprentices and Trainees said employer feedback about Chris has always been outstanding.
“Chris is a diligent worker who shows interest and enthusiasm and is willing to learn as much of his trade as he can.”
“We are all so excited that Chris has been offered this opportunity.”
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The Queensland Tourism Industry Council estimates that Queensland will need an extra 56,000 people employed in the hospitality and tourism industry by 2020.
Maria O’Dea said “This scholarship is privately funded, and a real indication of the local community’s willingness to support new talent into an exciting and diverse industry that offers significant professional career opportunities.”
We can’t wait to see the exciting places Chris’ career takes him. Congratulations Chris!
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