Case Study: Swan Valley Anglican Community School

Swan Valley Anglican Community School students get a head start on their hospitality careers

Swan Valley Anglican Community School

Challenge

The Swan Valley Anglican Community School in Perth, Western Australia wanted to prepare its students for a successful future by offering a school-based traineeship that would provide them with employability skills and an insight into the hospitality industry as a potential career path.

School-based traineeships allow high school students to get a head start on their careers by studying for a nationally recognised qualification and undertaking paid work experience while completing secondary schooling.

This training is subsidised by the WA Government under Future Skills WA.

The school sought a training provider that would not only deliver high quality training, but develop a customised program to support its community events and make use of its hospitality facilities.

Key challenges:

  • The school wanted the program to prepare its students for future employment through active engagement in real working environments
  • The school was seeking a training program that would not only educate but engage and inspire its students
  • The school wanted a training provider that would tailor training to utilise its existing facilities and support its community events
  • The school sought a training provider that would also support and engage with its staff over the course of the program

Solution

Allara Learning, through extensive consultation with the school, developed a customised training program tailored to the school’s specific needs, with professional trainers from Allara Learning delivering a mix of classroom-based and hands-on instruction to the students.

Students learn the fundamentals of hospitality in a classroom environment, while practical training in the school’s kitchen offers an engaging, interactive learning experience.

Trained by a professional chef, participants make their way through different stations in the school’s commercial kitchen. During their practical training, students learn a range of new skills – from making fresh pasta to participating in safe work practices and delivering excellent customer service.

“Students work in groups in the theory and practical lessons. This approach is fantastic… and has proven to be positive in the students’ engagement”, commented the school’s hospitality teacher Anthony Cardillo.

The students’ learning experience is further enriched through exposure to real working environments. As part of the program, students are employed to work in the School Café and are involved in a range of functions directed by Allara Learning – from sit-down dinners to buffets and finger food events.

“Allara further support the school… by readily engaging and coordinating the school’s major functions, going above and beyond to support the staff and students in real life learning experiences in a multiplicity of events throughout our school community” said the school’s Principal Jason Bartell.

Over the course of the program, Allara Learning also provides continuous support to the school’s staff.

“Allara’s support for our students is equally reflected in its support for our staff, with resources and teaching materials available in advance, addressing each competency. This has ensured that our staff have felt supported in their preparation for the delivery of the courses” he added.

On successful completion of their traineeship, students are awarded a nationally recognised Certificate II in Hospitality SIT20316 and are able to further their studies with a Certificate III in Hospitality SIT30616.

“Allara staff are invested in ensuring that our students develop the necessary knowledge, skills and values required to ensure their employability after they compete their schooling”, said Mr. Bartell.

“...students are gaining a number of benefits, such as obtaining practical experience from work, gaining familiarity with how a commercial kitchen operates, developing employability skills and developing and improving interpersonal skills.”

Outcomes

Swan Valley Anglican Community School
  • The program has received high praise from the school’s Principal and staff, who have described it as fantastic and engaging
  • The training program has utilised the school’s hospitality facilities and supported its community events
  • Students have developed valuable employability skills through experience in real working situations, preparing them for future employment
  • Students have gained insights into a potential career in hospitality
  • Students will gain a nationally recognised qualification on successful completion
  • SVACS has committed to continuing the program in the future to further develop its students and the broader school community
“Our school community is very excited to be involved with Allara in support of its students… We are also excited to see where our journey with Allara takes us in the education of our students and the further development of our community.”

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Swan Valley Anglican Community School

The Swan Valley Anglican Community School provides quality education while upholding its core value: to nurture each student, enabling them to develop their potential within a safe, caring and inclusive community.

The school is situated in the beautiful Swan Valley in Perth, Western Australia.

svacs.wa.edu.au

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