Adelaide Botanic High School has embarked on an exciting new partnership with South Australia’s leading commercial cookery and hospitality training provider, the Adelaide Institute of Hospitality (AIOH). The Institute has been successfully delivering VET in schools for 20 years with over 700 students undertaking courses each year.
The partnership has seen the acclaimed institute working with students to deliver vocation education and training (VET) that will create tangible career pathways with the hospitality industry as part of the delivery of a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations.
According to Futures Ready Student Pathways Senior Leader at ABHS, Ben Dening, the opportunity to partner with AIOH was a natural one given the growth of the school.
“As the school has grown to now have a senior school cohort, the opportunity to partner with AIOH to deliver vocational education via a flexible industry pathway was an exciting option for us,” Ben said.
“While we pride ourselves on our industry standard training and facilities, it was the institute’s ability to connect with industry and employment opportunities that was a key attraction for the school. The training team includes the likes of celebrated chef Emma McCaskill who will provide our students with invaluable industry links and opportunities beyond the classroom setting.”
Year 12 Adelaide Botanic students, Leo and Nadia, have been enjoying the opportunity to learn new cooking techniques and cuisines with Emma McCaskill as well as learning more about the industry itself.
“I wanted to study this course because I enjoy cooking and I see myself having a career in the food and hospitality industry,” said Nadia about her motivation to undertake the Certificate II in Kitchen Operations in Year 12.
“I think it will benefit me hugely as my career aspirations include cooking and being a chef,” explained Leo when asked how the course will benefit him in the future.
In addition to Adelaide Botanic students, the program is also open to students from other secondary schools when places are available. For the first intake of the course, ABHS is hosting students from Norwood International, Charles Campbell Senior College, Glenunga International, Marryatville and Blackwood High School.