Partnering with local businesses to provide students with practical knowledge and experience.
At Kenvale College, we partner with industry and businesses that provide our students with the opportunities to gain practical knowledge and experience in their areas of study. Our industry connections have been developed and nurtured through many decades, and span across a wide range of hospitality brand names, such Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group, IHG, ICC Sydney, and Fresh Catering to name a few. By doing this, we are able to link students with the right opportunity based on their interests and individual personalities.
On the other hand, as we align our teaching to meet the needs of the hospitality and tourism industry, we therefore contribute to the knowledge of the hospitality industry and help shape the future hospitality leaders of our nation. As a result, a Kenvale graduate will be at the forefront of the hospitality industry, and will definitely be part of the next generation of hospitality managers.
It is a requirement of all Kenvale College courses to gain work experience in the hospitality and events industry. The number of hours required depends on the course being undertaken. Students who elect to study in one of our two-year programs are required to work 1,600 hours in approved hospitality or events establishments.
We are extremely proud to have helped thousands of students become industry professionals over the last five decades. Connecting with the industry throughout this time, we continue to adapt our courses to reflect the changing needs of the hospitality industry.
Your typical study week at Kenvale includes:
2 – 3 days of classes + approximately 20 hours of paid work experience.
How does the Industry Placement (IP) work?
This practical component runs concurrently with classes. Students attend college for two days a week and then complete their work placement in the remaining part of the week. Most students work an average of 20 hours per week throughout the year. The number of hours worked each week depends on the course you choose to study.
Our Industry Liaison Manager assists in the procuring of a suitable placement free of charge in the first year at college.
Students typically work in a suitable establishment that offers one or more products or services listed below:
- Food and Beverage
- Function and Catering
- Meetings, Events, Conventions, Conferences, Seminars
Students will most likely be offered an entry level position in their first year.
“Our partnership develops a strong link between theory and practical knowledge. It successfully nurtures hospitality professionals who are competent and confident in delivering 5-star service and exceeding guests’ expectations.” – Peter Tudehope, Australia/Pacific General Manager, Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel, Sydney
Students are also able to organise their own casual or permanent part-time employment to complete their industry placement hours. Please refer to this document for more information.
All independent student placements need to have prior approval by the college.
Our diverse portfolio of industry partners
We endeavour to maintain a very diverse portfolio of industry partners to match with the diverse interests and professional goals of our students. Kenvale has established relationships with various industry partners for almost 50 years. The mutual respect and cooperation between the college and the various hospitality leaders ensure that our students receive the knowledge and training required to better themselves and to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow. Our Industry Partners include (but are not limited to):
Note: This list was up-to-date in May 2018. The college is constantly acquiring more industry partners.
“Our partnership develops a strong link between theory and practical knowledge. It successfully nurtures hospitality professionals who are competent and confident in delivering 5-star service and exceeding guests’ expectations.”Peter Tudehope, Australia/Pacific General Manager, Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel Sydney
“The Advanced Diploma in Event Management is a fantastic course for anyone who wants to get into the industry. The course offers lots of hands-on experience also, enabling students a better chance of getting the job they want at the end! I would highly recommend this course.”Angela Trieste, Event Manager, Owner of Vanilla Bean Events