“By promoting these training options, we elevate hospitality from a field that people fall into to something that people choose to be involved in.”– Jason Cundall, Training and Development Officer, Tasmanian Health Services
Jason Cundall has worked in the food services industry for more than 12 years. Prior to joining Tasmanian Health Services at Launceston General Hospital, he worked as an Executive Chef.
Having worked in the industry for so long, Jason feels it’s important that hospitality is offered to young people as a career choice.
“A lot of the industries we see trainees and apprentices in can be undervalued, particularly something like hospitality. By promoting these training options, we elevate it from a field that people fall into to something that people choose to be involved in.”
Work & Training have supported apprentices and trainees at Launceston General Hospital for close to 10 years. For Jason, a key benefit of this relationship is seeing them secure ongoing employment with the hospital at the end of their training.
“When we have trainees and apprentices that have completed their qualifications and are then able to secure a position with us, we find that’s a particularly positive moment.”
As well as providing opportunities to apprentices and trainees, Jason understands that a relationship with Work & Training can open up opportunities for business owners as well.
“It allows businesses to have an apprentice or a trainee. Having worked in small businesses in the past, it can be particularly beneficial because of their limited resources” he explains.
“Work & Training are really good at identifying if there’s any learning or other support that’s needed. While undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, the apprentice or trainee might need some financial or emotional support. That’s something that Work & Training are really good at providing.”
Some of Jason’s favourite memories of his relationship with Work & Training include attending the annual Graduation and Awards night.
“It’s a really fantastic experience. To see young people at the point where they’re starting their career, when they’re being recognised for their commitment, their good results from their training, it’s really nice to see.”
Ultimately, Jason hopes that being able to offer opportunities within the hospital will help young people see opportunities available to them in the wider hospitality industry.
“That’s one of our goals here with our staff – to promote what we’re doing as a profession rather than just something that people end up doing because there’s nothing else around.”
Jason Cundall – Training and Development Officer, Tasmanian Health Services
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