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Real success stories

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    Superior service helps reap rave reviews

    A great restaurant doesn’t need to be part of a hotel to succeed, but for a great hotel it pays to have a top-rating restaurant at its heart. A hotel’s restaurant is often the star attraction bringing in local diners as well as hotel guests, and making the dining room the most competitive stage in the industry. 

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    Happy, bouncing baby business

    Since new owners took over the nationwide BabyCity brand in May 2012, the Whangarei store in particular is nurturing a fantastic success story. The rejuvenated retailer has avoided growing pains by focusing on giving new parents the best possible service for their beautiful baby, and on-job training for its talented staff. 

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    My Kitchen Design Rules

    Just over four years ago, Eliza Swainson left school intent on earning some money to help fund her study and gain entry into the NZ police force. Her plan fell into place over summer when she scored a job as a part-time check-out operator at her local Mitre 10 Mega Hamilton store.

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    Talented young women take wing

    Seven years ago, at just 15 years-old, Bayleigh McGuire was the youngest student to learn to fly on ServiceIQ’s School Gateway Aviation programme. The training that takes place one day a week over six weeks, has proved the perfect take off to an exciting career. 

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    Success a lot more than skin deep

    New Zealand’s oldest nationwide department store has undergone quite a transformation over the last few years. Farmers has always been respected, but now it’s fast becoming a store that also surprises and delights its customers with a fresh make-over that is more than just skin deep.

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    Booting up a great retail career

    Glenn Nielsen was plugged into studying for a degree in computer technology when a job to help pay the student loan sparked a personal discovery that changed the course of his life. 

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    Switched on career choice

    When she first started out in retail, Jessica Keiller used to love selling televisions – she reckons every room in the house needs one. But these days, as an assistant manager with 30 staff, she’s tuned into new challenges.

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    Action Stations!

    Jonelle Goldsbury dreamed of a job where she could earn while she learned, travel overseas, get administration and management skills, gain qualifications and move up the ranks for more pay and responsibility.

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    Baby steps to big shoes

    Rebecca Parker joined the retail industry as a Sales and Service Associate at 19 and, thanks to her attitude, she now has a big future because Farmers has selected her for management training. Here, she shows how you can create a stimulating and satisfying career by upskilling on-job in the vibrant world of retail.

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    UP, UP AND AWAY! Plotting a travel career on-job

    Flight Centre is a market leader in offering top quality personal service to create excellent travel experiences for customers.  With a flair for service, a lust for travel and a preference for learning on-job, 20 year-old Amanda Nelson has landed on her feet with a challenging career in customer service at Flight Centre.

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