Teamwork is a key part of Kenvale College courses.

Across our three key course areas – Hospitality Management, Event Management and Commercial Cookery – there is a real emphasis on working as part of a team for the greater good. By interacting with your fellow students in a practical environment, the entire class can succeed and improve their industry skills. This is very important as students are working in industry while they study and teamwork is core.

However, teamwork is a skill in itself, so how can you ensure you are a productive part of your next project?

1) Be open!

Of course, successful teamwork starts with communication. Whether it is communicating orders with the head chef in a commercial kitchen or organising a band for an event, open and honest communication is best way to move forward.

If you want clarity or have questions on a certain subject, having the confidence to ask for help or direction is one of the best ways to learn. At the end of the day, if you don't ask, you don't get – potentially letting down the team.

Communication is vital for good teamwork in a kitchen.Communication is vital for good teamwork in a kitchen.

2) Understand team goals

Before service or an event gets underway, it is also important for a functional team to talk about its goals and how each member contributes to these goals.. While this may mean someone has to take control of the situation, the team can work more cohesively if everyone has a clear direction on their role.

Depending on the success of the outcome, goals and objectives may change, which means you have to be ready to move in a different direction based on the needs of the team and the function or event.

3) Accept differences

Everyone brings something different to the table and together they form a hybrid approach to a task.

Ultimately, everyone is different and may have their own way of getting to the finish line. While this may work in an individual task, when there is a team involved, personal sacrifices may be required.

However, this is part and parcel of teamwork. Everyone brings something different to the table and together they form a collective approach to a task. Any team, regardless of whether it's in the kitchen or at an event, must accept each other's views and thoughts and work together for the best outcome.

If you would like to learn more about how our courses support teamwork, feel free to get in touch with us today.

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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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