Another success story from a recent program the AAoA Academy supported in Melbourne was Ba See, a Burmese refugee now working at the Mantra St Kilda Road Hotel. Ba See attended pre-employment training supported by the AAoA academy, delivered by Training Unlimited, and completed his PaTH internship at the Mantra Tullamarine Hotel.
“Through the training Ba See was drawn to the kitchen and expressed a significant interest in becoming an apprentice chef. With the fantastic support of the Mantra Group, Ba See completed his 4-week internship and was subsequently offered an apprenticeship with the Mantra Group,” Troy Schufft, AAoA Academy Director said.
“Ba See travelled over an hour each way for his internship in Tullamarine and with the support of his jobactive provider, Sarina Russo Job Access; his ongoing employment was transferred to the Mantra St Kilda Road Hotel which had an existing need for an apprentice chef and is closer to Ba See’s home,” Troy said.
Ba See, a refugee at age 11 from Burma, through the Youth Jobs PaTH, now has a long term career ahead of him, in our industry. “The AAoA Academy, through its support and training program, gave me the chance to prove myself to the Mantra Group. I wouldn’t have had that opportunity without this program and I would like to thank the AAoA Academy, Mantra Group and Chef Patil for all their support,” Said Ba.
“The AAoA Academy is fully supportive of giving job seekers, of all ages, opportunities to gain employment in our industry, especially where they’re unlikely to progress through the mainstream recruitment processes – due solely to lack of experience. The work placement / internship enables employers to assess the job seeker in a live work placement which, in some ways, is the interview process. I personally would like to thank the Mantra Group and Sarina Russo Job Access for supporting the initiative,” Said Troy.
For more information or to support future initiatives, please contact Troy Schufft, AAoA Academy Director at email@example.com.