A Wellington local is making waves in the hospitality industry after broadening her skills through TAFE.
After enrolling in a Certificate III in Hospitality at TAFE NSW Wellington and Dubbo, it has lead to an exciting opportunity for Renae May to train for a role in management at McDonalds Dubbo.
She is encouraging others to consider a future in hospitality after newly released figures reveal a high demand for hospitality workers in Western NSW.
According TAFE NSW research, employers in Western NSW have identified hospitality as the most difficult industry to recruit for, because there is a shortage of skilled workers.
NSW Government Jobs Outlook report also reveals the accommodation and food services industry is classed as one of the top five growth industries in the country, with 300,000 regional workers employed in the industry annually.
"I really enjoyed studying at TAFE NSW and have noticed that I can now comfortably talk to customers, handle food correctly and have more knowledge of workplace safety procedures," Ms May said.
"I have mastered the art of the perfect coffee through practice in the TAFE NSW mobile training unit, which visited TAFE NSW Wellington on a number of occasions."
McDonalds Dubbo restaurant manager, Sunil Bhandari, said Ms May was progressing well in her role.
"Ms May has worked at McDonalds Dubbo for over 12 months now, she originally started as a crew member and is now receiving training in her role as a crew trainer, which could then lead to a role in management," Mr Bhandari said.
"She has a strong work ethic and has developed a good rapport with her colleagues and customers. Ms May consistently applies the skills she has learnt at TAFE NSW, to the workplace."
Ms May said she has found a career she is passionate about and thanks to the hands-on skills learnt at TAFE NSW, has been able to progress her career.
To find out more about studying hospitality at TAFE NSW in semester two, phone 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.