More than 30 students from Prospect High School got a taste of life after school when they attended a Growth Industry Preparation Program held at Country Club Tasmania.
The preparation program run by Beacon works with Tasmanian businesses to broaden student's career prospects to create a job-ready generation ready to leave school.
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Beacon chief executive Scott Harris said the Growth Industry Preparation Program aimed to create a win-win situation for students and the business that participated.
"The research shows that if students engage with industry, like they are today, at least four times during their schooling, they are 86 per cent more likely to engage in further education, training or employment once they leave school."
GrIPP facilitator Linda McKay said the students who attended Thursday's half-a-day session would be exposed to realistic job opportunities for students nearing the end of their schooling.
Sam Bowman was one of the students who took part in the program and said it was good to gain an understanding of the prospective jobs on offer.
"It's gone really well because it's good to learn what people do here and you get to see everyone behind the scenes and how they keep everything together," he said.
He said of all the representatives from professions he had spoken with, the kitchen staff made their job sound the most appealing.
"I like the cook," he said. "It's fun to learn about what they do in the kitchens, all the hard work that goes into preparing food for someone and all the time and the man-hours that they put into it."
Country Club's food and beverage manager, Robyn McInerney, said it was important to help young Tasmanians learn about the career opportunities available in the tourism and hospitality sector.
"The visitor economy has a really bright future as borders start to re-open and people begin to travel again, she said.
"Now is absolutely the time for students to be considering a career in tourism and hospitality."
Ms McInerney said the program provided opportunities for businesses to interact with students and connect them with real job opportunities.
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