ACAE Students Graduate Ready for the Workforce
Friday 10 March was a special night for 55 students from Perth’s Australian College of Applied Education (ACAE) who graduated from Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma courses in a range of fields including hospitality, travel and tourism, business and culinary arts.
For Italian student Ruy Tuci, completing the Diploma of Hospitality has led him to a permanent job at Bar 138 on Barrack as a bar manager, where he completed work placement as part of the course.
“I chose to study at ACAE because it had the best reputation and offered work placement, which is really important.
“I love working in hospitality – you learn something new every day, and working with the team at Bar 138 on Barrack has really helped me develop my skills.”
General Manager of Bar 138 on Barrack, Mathew Clarke, who was guest speaker at the graduation, said putting theory into practice was vital in the hospitality industry.
“We have been working with ACAE for 12 months and put about 10 students, like Ruy, through work placement at Bar 138. They are always keen to learn and it’s important for them to find out what it’s really like to work in the hospitality industry.
“Students also learn how to engage with customers and really adapt what they have learnt in the classroom to the real world.”
Jennifer de Leon, who graduated from the Diploma of Hospitality and Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, has secured a job in a fine dining restaurant in South Perth.
“It has always been my dream to work in fine dining, doing sophisticated dishes and plating and I now have that opportunity.
“I completed around 300 hours of work placement as part of my courses – the practical experience really was important to learn and hone all of the skills you need as a chef. I am really looking forward to starting my new job in April."