Learning hands-on skills during paid work is a big part of college life at Kenvale.

Your career begins from day one…

You're not just starting your course; you're starting your career. At the nature of courses in hospitality, events and cookery lies a balance between the theoretical and the practical. It's one thing to know the content. It's another thing to actually put what you know into practice. A holistic approach ensures the likelihood of becoming competent professionals within the industry, allowing you to contribute your knowledge and skills, hand in hand, to deliver quality service to people.

Set yourself apart from other potential employees…

Having completed a course in hospitality, events or cookery is a desirable attribute to employers in the industry. With a combined paid work and study arrangement, you are setting yourself apart from other potential employees. Why? Because experience is fundamental in the sense that you are living the reality of what it's like to be in that career. Matt Cairns, at the age of 22, is the manager of Searock Grill – a restaurant located near the Opera House. He is a living testimony of someone who reaped the benefits of paid work and study during his time as a student at Kenvale College. Read more about his success story here.

On a course at Kenvale, you will earn while you learn.On a course at Kenvale, you will earn while you learn.

Theory and knowledge work both ways…

The combined work and study arrangement brings context to learning, meaning we gain a depth in understanding the important aspects of both.

We cannot deliver what we do not know. The theoretical aspects of learning aids practical experience, and vice versa.

We cannot deliver what we do not know. The theoretical aspects of learning aids practical experience, and vice versa. Practical experience assists in our academic learning in the sense that we gain the ability to communicate what we have learnt hands on, onto assignments, study and classroom activities. The balance between the two aspects creates a bigger picture for students, allowing them to understand what's learned in the classroom more thoroughly.

Gain independence by earning money…

Let's be practical. Being a full-time student in college or university is not exactly a time of great financial prosperity. Whether it is rent, expensive text books, fees and other bills – the reality is trying to be financially responsible and on top of it. A combined paid work and study arrangement is a win-win situation because it addresses these practical matters. Overall, with a combined paid work and study arrangement, you can reach your goals faster with an immediate head start in the industry of your choice.

Learn it and live it!

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Thank you for inviting us – we really did appreciate it. I must say I was really impressed by the Briar Ridge team – one of them (… Aiden) did a really great job explaining who they were, what they were about etc., and really took the time to give us the background on the person behind it all (Gwyn Olsen). He’d clearly immersed himself in the project, and I think she’d have been really pleased if she’d seen that. Happy to reach out and tell her so if you think it would help pave the way for future events.

- Anonymous, Winefest Guest 2015

I just wanted to express thanks and congratulations to all at Kenvale for the magnificent lunch provided on Thursday.

I have been to many hatted restaurants this year and can honestly say that they would have struggled to produce such fantastic dishes.

The lunch was a credit to your students and your staff.  It would be a privilege to enjoy another visit next year.

Best wishes to your graduating students for success in their career and to your staff to continue to guide students to reach such a high standard.

- Anonymous public guest at Kenvale Restaurant 2015

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