Girrawheen and Balga high school students get feel for hotel opportunities


A taste of the hotel business: Sao De Leon, Shalise Bodney, Mahliet Beyene, Andrea O’Breza and Kate Naylor.
Girrawheen and Balga high school students get feel for hotel opportunities
A taste of the hotel business: Sao De Leon, Shalise Bodney, Mahliet Beyene, Andrea O’Breza and Kate Naylor.

STUDENTS from Girrawheen and Balga senior high schools participated in a job-skills program at the Parmelia Hilton last Wednesday.

The students worked and received training in various aspects of the hotel’s operations.

While preparing food in the kitchen of the five-star hotel, Shari Keenan told the Guardian Express that she was pursuing her ambition to work as a chef.

“We are all doing something hospitality-related at school, and we’re here experiencing different parts of the business,” she said.

“At school, I am already doing training to become a chef, so this has been useful for me – that is definitely the path I’m taking.”

Parmelia Hilton’s human resources chief Anne MacLean said the travel and tourism industry is the world’s single largest employer, opening up opportunities around the globe for young Western Australians.

“As a global company with more than 4600 hotels in over 100 countries, we face a variety of hiring needs every day. We therefore have a strategic imperative to find, train and encourage new talent,” she said.

In Australia, the Hilton is working with the Smith Family as part of the charity’s commitment to youth education and training. The company is running 825 such events through 4600 hotels this month, involving 100,000 students around the world.