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Hostec Academy goes national

Two years after opening its doors in Sydney in 2007, Hostec is has announced that its fast-growing Academy will launch two new campuses in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Hostec Director Ian Wilson says: “Through our relationship with Eureka and the Crowne Plaza Coogee Bay, we are opening our first Melbourne campus in the Rialto restaurant at The InterContinental. Similarly, through our relationship with Mirvac, we are celebrating the opening of our first Queensland campus at the Sebel Citigate Brisbane.”

Hostec Academy students at the 2009 HM Awards dressed in Farage

Hostec started in 2007 with 23 international commercial cookery students from Nepal and Thailand. Today it has a total of 800 students from 35 countries enrolled across four campuses. Wilson says, “The key to our success has been industry placement. All of our students must spend at least nine months working in the industry during their course meaning that they graduate with real, hands-on experience.

“Due to the nature of our campuses and our hands-on approach to learning, it is important that we align ourselves with campuses that offer the right learning environment, as well as the leading hotel brands that benchmark the industry,” Wilson says.

“We work side by side with our international hotel partners to place students throughout their operations. Within 12 weeks of course commencement, 30 per cent of our students are working in within the industry and to date, all of our graduates have gained paid employment.”

Due to overwhelming demand, Hostec have introduced an Advanced Diploma add on to its enormously popular Certificate III in Hospitality and Diploma of Hospitality.

“In our quest to be the industry’s partner of choice, we are constantly looking at ways to enhance our courses, develop our students and provide the industry with better people,” Wilson says. “As an industry leader we have recently gained recognition from several Australian Universities that will allow our students to seamlessly continue to degree level.”

For more information on the Hostec Academy, visit www.hostec.com.au

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