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Hospitality Career

Enjoy a great career in hospitality

Like tourism, hospitality is quickly returning to be one the country’s fastest growing service sectors and it has a huge appetite for talented, energetic people.

ServiceIQ can help students gain essential skills that open the door to an enjoyable career in New Zealand’s exciting hospitality industry, and beyond.

Students might choose to become a sought-after chef at one of New Zealand’s many great restaurants and cafés, a catering expert for all kinds of corporate, private and public functions and events, or a top food and beverage manager and many other opportunities.

Experience is not always essential, and providing students have good communication skills, a positive attitude and enjoy working in a team, many businesses offer new entrants the chance to upskill and qualify on the job. 

ServiceIQ offers students a range of training to gain Unit Standards and prepare for that great hospitality career that can take them around the country and the world. 


Young people who have started a career in Hospitality

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What to study at school

Gateway Hospitality training: This is structured workplace pathway training using a selection of ServiceIQ Schools products that help students gain essential skills to be able to make the move from school and into a job and a career as a chef, cook or food and beverage expert.

McDonald’s OASIS Gateway Programme is another great option for students to gain unit standards and an introduction to a career in hospitality. Find out more >

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What to do after school

Students who successfully complete hospitality training at school can apply for jobs with hospitality businesses, such as restaurants, cafes and hotels, where they can develop a career by training on the job and/or completing an apprenticeship. 

For example, aspiring food and beverage managers often start out working behind the bar or wrangling front of house in a restaurant before moving into on-job training and a ServiceIQ apprenticeship in Food & Beverage.

Many up-coming Kiwi chefs start out as kitchen-hands in restaurants and hotels, then step up to become qualified chefs by training on the job with a ServiceIQ Cookery Apprenticeship.

In the same way, young chefs working in smaller café kitchens are creating a great career for themselves by upskilling on job with a ServiceIQ Certificate in Cookery Level 3.

Whether kitchen or dining room, behind a café counter or looking after hotel guests, talented students with essential ServiceIQ hospitality training skills have a head start for a great career.



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Career & Qualification Pathways

Students can find out more about our ServiceIQ career and qualification pathways.

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Success stories

Read about how others are succeeding in their career of choice

Eliesa Sime

“I love the passion you put into creating dishes for guests. When you put your mind to it you can really succeed...”

Nicole Kay

"I love hotel customer service. You meet the coolest people from all over the world...”

Brooklyn O'Neil

“It works because it’s real. There’s more pressure because you’re in a real kitchen, with a real menu, creating real dishes that...”

Chloe Sowden

"I had always cooked at home, but with the apprenticeship I essentially learned how to cook in a...