Fijian workers studying with the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) recently completed a Certificate III in Hospitality – Patisserie, delivered partly on-the-job.
With support from their employers, the students maintained their work commitments whilst completing their training. APTC patisserie trainer Amanda Young stated that “the success of this course depended upon the co-operation of employers releasing their staff to meet training requirements in the kitchen”. Amanda also commented on the benefits of having a wide range of students from the hospitality industry in the class. She was especially pleased to have vocational teachers in class who can now transfer their new skills to their high school students. “We are creating a new generation of very skilled pastry chefs in the Pacific” she said.
In commenting about the course, Adi Asenaca from Rewa Secondary school In Nausori remarked, “attending the course has motivated me to use the new skills l have learnt at APTC to teach my students new ideas to meet Industry benchmarks in line with the new vocational curriculum. I’ve become so enthusiastic about learning. Each week I learnt a specific patisserie recipe and was then able to pass on that knowledge the following week to my students. “Amanda and the APTC tutor Alisi helped us find ways to use local ingredients to make produce more realistic and affordable. I can now make delicious aerated muffins using local ingredients like pawpaw, banana and coconut”.
Wainikiti Rada, a teacher at Vivekananda Technical centre for vocational studies says that studying with APTC has broadened her skills in the area of patisserie - “they provided not only quality equipment but quality ingredients and standards, which l take back to the school and use with my students”.