Graduating class of Cassie Dobell, Jon Macpherson, James Burrell, Angela Horne and Jamie-Lee Reynolds are the first Diploma of Hospitality graduates at Currumbin RSL College.
Graduating class of Cassie Dobell, Jon Macpherson, James Burrell, Angela Horne and Jamie-Lee Reynolds are the first Diploma of Hospitality graduates at Currumbin RSL College. Supplied

Hospitality students graduate

A HOSPITABLE team has graduated with a first-time diploma on the Gold Coast.

Jon Macpherson, from Currumbin, is one of five graduating students with the Diploma of Hospitality at the Currumbin RSL College.

Mr Macpherson said he was excited to be changing his career.

“I didn’t think I’d do anything different from plumbing in my life,” Mr Macpherson said.

“But my back injury meant I couldn’t dig or anything else in my job so I had to change careers.

“I just picked up my tool box the wrong way and injured my back.”

The 42-year-old said his back operation involved two artificial disc replacements and a fusion in his lower spine.

Mr Macpherson said he moved from Sydney to the Gold Coast to work in pubs and clubs for four years but decided he wanted more from the industry.

“I thought I’d try my hand at the accommodation side of things and decided the diploma was the way to go,” he said.

“The diploma has given me an insight into accommodation and different life skills as well as practical work experience.

“I’ve lined up a job as an assistant manager at a rugby union club through the course.”

Another student in the 2009 graduating class said she had been offered a traineeship at Currumbin RSL.

Angela Horne, 18, said although she was only one year out of high school she had impressed the club with her work during the 12-month course.

“I did Certificate three at school and worked at a resort in a school-based traineeship but I wanted to get my diploma,” Ms Horne said.

“Taking the traineeship is a big step but I’m willing to take it.

“I will now have the chance to learn all the assets of business and all the different departments.

“I’ve always wanted to step up and go that little bit extra.”

College trainer, Jane Renata said Ms Horne had been identified as a fantastic student and deserving of the traineeship.

“She is working at the RSL at the moment but will take on a manager’s internship for the next six to 12 months,” Mrs Renata said.

Mrs Renata said a full scholarship was offered this year and would be available again in 2010.

Mrs Renata said 2009 graduating student, Cassie Dobell had been offered the scholarship this year and all course expenses were covered by the college.

“We are looking to pick the cream of the bunch who is a leader in the industry,” Mrs Renata said.

Ms Dobell, 18, said the scholarship meant she could concentrate on the course and work experience rather than working her way through.

“It was a big help financially and I could manage my priorities easier,” Ms Dobell said.

Ms Dobell beat 13 other entrants to win the scholarship this year.

“Everything for the course is paid for by the college,” she said.

Mrs Renata, who has been a co-ordinator for five years, said the college had been going since 1998.

“This year was the first time the diploma course was offered at the college,” Mrs Renata said.

“It is industry driven and able to tap into the latest of everything.”

Areas of study include customer service, accommodation services, legal knowledge and finance and human resources to name a few.

Mrs Renata said students worked hard to be where they were today with studies of 20 hours per week over a 43-week course.

Applications for the full scholarship are open now until late January. For more information on the scholarship go to http://crc.edu.au/courses/details/diploma-of-hospitality/.



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