Lecturer takes program to State's north

Denmark South Regional TAFE Hospitality Lecturer Caitlin Haynes recently returned from Kununurra, where she introduced the Fast Track to Hospitality Employment skill set at North Regional TAFE.

The week-long short course was inspired by the same program delivered in Albany at the end of last year.

Caitlin worked with North Regional TAFE Cookery Lecturer Darragh Cribbin, Kimberley local and Customer Service and Tourism Lecturer Gail Gower, as well as WA food ambassador Chef Don Hancey.

Caitlin said the course was very educational for students and teachers.

The students learnt the basics of hospitality to gain skills for entry-level jobs, including food preparation and service.

“I think it has benefited me in many ways, and it was terrific working with other lecturers who are exceptional at what they do,” Caitlin said.

“Working with a class of 28 Aboriginal students, I got to know them throughout the week and learnt a lot more about Aboriginal culture.

“I gained so much and it was actually a very emotional trip!”

At the end of her week in the Kimberley, Caitlin bought some Ord River chickpeas for the Denmark campus so students in the VET delivered to Secondary Students program can recreate Don Hancey’s hummus recipe.

“I will also be sharing my experience with the students, which works well as we are currently learning about social and cultural awareness,” Caitlin said.

For more about the Fast Track to Hospitality Employment skill set, to be delivered next at the Albany campus, visit https://bit.ly/3uqSkZH.