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Hospitality students feel the heat

Tuesday, 13th September, 2011

COOK-OFF: Students in the Hospitality Worldskills competition (from left) Jasmin Symonds BHHS, Bronson Lehmann BHHS, Kyle Russell BHHS school-based apprentice, Lily Watson Coomealla High School, and Claudia Worrell Coomealla High School. COOK-OFF: Students in the Hospitality Worldskills competition (from left) Jasmin Symonds BHHS, Bronson Lehmann BHHS, Kyle Russell BHHS school-based apprentice, Lily Watson Coomealla High School, and Claudia Worrell Coomealla High School.

The local round of the Western NSW Region Hospitality Worldskills competition was held in the city last week.

The competition was open to all Year 11 Hospitality students and the winner will go through to the State finals next year.

It was held at Broken Hill High School between five students from Coomealla High School and BH High School.

A round of worldskills has never been conducted here before and the chance for locals to show their skills was a good thing, according to Karen Pickering, the Regional Vocational Education Consultant and Worldskills Co-ordinator.

“It is actually a world-wide competition. There are four different stages; regional, state, national and world,” Ms Pickering said.

“It runs for Year 11 students and Year 10 students who have done an early commencement VET course.”

Ms Pickering said an in-school comp is run to decide which students will compete in the regional finals.

BHHS Hospitality teacher Maree Ward also said it was good because it meant they didn’t have to travel to compete.

The students had to prepare a three-course meal for judges Lee Cecchin, local TAFE Head of Hospitality, Vicki Hazeleger, an industry chef working in Menindee, and Karen Pickering.

Ms Pickering said all the students were a bit nervous at the beginning but by lunch time they were “coming along good”.

Worldskills pits thousands of students against each other in skill-based categories such as construction, hospitality, trade and information technology.

As it is recognised throughout the world, students can use being in the competition to help get a job.

“It says to an employer that they have done a VET course and took it one step further,” Ms Pickering said.

She said the competition would return to Broken Hill now that the high school had upgraded its kitchens.

“If we could encourage more schools to come out it would be fantastic,” she said.

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