Influential members of Perth's hospitality industry visited South Metropolitan TAFE to showcase career options and discuss employment opportunities with international and local hospitality students on October 15, 2015.
More than 200 students attended the 'Career evening' along with employers from Accor Hotels (Ibis, The Sebel, Pullman Bunker Bay), IHG Hotels (Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn), Hilton Hotels, TFE Hotels (Rendezvous, Adina, Toga Far East), Crown Perth, Duxton, Assured Ascot Quays, Defense Base Services, Beaumonde Catering and Rockpool.
Bernhard Staggl, Portfolio Manager for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at South Metropolitan TAFE, said the idea came in response to industry demands.
"We often field calls from Perth hotels and restaurants looking for qualified and experienced staff," Bernhard said.
"This event provided employers with the opportunity to meet with, and talk to, international and local students studying hospitality, Commercial Cookery, Asian Cookery and Patisserie in the one spot, before potentially offering students employment."
"It was also great for the students to be able to put themselves forward to work towards securing a career they really want; it was a great success."
Ms Samantha Warkcup, Human Resource Manager for the Mercure Hotel Perth said the career evening was a fantastic opportunity for the Accor Hotels Group to meet with a range of potential candidates.
"We have confidence in South Metropolitan TAFE and the international students they train for our industry" Samantha said.
"They understand the requirements of the industry in terms of employee attitude, along with the specific skills and knowledge that are required to be successful in their role."
"We applaud South Metropolitan TAFE for continuing to work closely with our industry to ensure the successful placement of both local and international students in careers they not only love, but can achieve in" Samantha said.
Your international student visa allows you to work while you are in Australia, however there are limits on the hours you can work.
Generally, international students are allowed to work for 40 hours a fortnight during each semester and unlimited hours during semester breaks.