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Chef, apprentice, parent and teacher: Learning and earning on-job makes the difference


Moving seamlessly from school to the workplace can be a big leap but a good employer, with a commitment to on-job training programmes or apprenticeships, makes all the difference.

It helps too that young Kiwis enter the workforce with real-world work experience.

As the industry training organisation for Aotearoa New Zealand’s service sectors, ServiceIQ works across the entire school to work transition: everything from classroom teaching resources and Gateway workplace programmes to on-job training programme awards, qualifications, and apprenticeships.

Discover your side of the school to work story with these three short new videos. Whether you’re an employer with great careers to offer, a young Kiwi looking for your first step on the ladder, a parent wanting the best for your kids, or a teacher with questions about service sector roles, these videos will help.

Meet young cookery apprentice Felix Kluge. He knew he wanted to be a chef, so studied hospitality at school. The industry Unit Standards he gained are recognised by employers, helping him build a stand-out resume and land a coveted apprenticeship at the 5-star luxury Park Hyatt Auckland.

See why proud mum Frances Kluge knows it makes sense for school leavers to transition directly into the workplace and hear the benefits she’s seen for her son. Frances knows what she’s talking about: she is not only a qualified chef, but also a hospitality teacher at Northcote College.

Brent Martin is Executive Chef at Park Hyatt Auckland. His world-class team is a top-performing unit – much of that down to passionate people trained on the job. He understands why employing and training the next generation of service sector professionals in the workplace makes great business sense.

Find out more, including how to contact your local ServiceIQ Schools Advisor

Employers: Discover the countless benefits of embedding training and apprenticeships in your workplace

Students: Uncover a wide world or service sector career options