St Johns Dubbo College student Kayla Fowler thoroughly enjoyed work experience at TAFE Western’s recent Bangamalanha Conference in Dubbo, identifying the experience as interesting, fun and extremely beneficial.
Kayla, who is currently in Year 11 and working in the hospitality industry part-time, joined a contingent of Certificate III and IV Hospitality students from Dubbo, Nyngan and Wilcannia to cater and serve for the conference’s 120 dinner guests, which included rubbing shoulders with celebrity Aboriginal chef Mark ‘The Black’ Olive.
"I am interested in hospitality and thought it would be very interesting to see how such a large function operated,” Kayla said.
“The best part of the function was meeting and talking to guests, and learning that there is good change coming for Aboriginal students in schools.”
Kayla said she was impressed with the dinner participants’ thoughts about improving post-school education, training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal peoples – which was the focus of the conference.
“It was cool to hear each person's opinions when they went around the tables and asked what they got out of the experience. People said that they found out how important it was to listen to other people's views about how they can improve the education system,” she said.
“They also talked about how important Aboriginal culture was and how we need to work on what is happening now and focus on the students we now have, not how education was when they went to school.”
Kayla thanked TAFE Western and the Dubbo Ochre Opportunity Hub for providing her with what she described as an amazing opportunity, and encouraged others to consider coming to TAFE.
“I encourage all students to sign up for any opportunity that comes their way at TAFE because you never know what connections or experiences might come from trying something new,” she said.
TAFE Western Relieving Tourism and Hospitality Teacher Sue Greer said this was just one of the many examples of TAFE providing education and training opportunities for those wanting to forge a career in hospitality.
For more information about TAFE Western’s hospitality courses visit www.tafewestern.edu.au or phone 1300 823 393.