Pacific Technical And Further Education (Pacific TAFE)

Pacific TAFE

Guest lecture by Executive Chef of Sheraton Fiji Resort

Hospitality, Cookery and Patisserie students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) got an opportunity to learn first-hand about the cooking and hospitality industry when the Executive Chef of Sheraton Fiji Resort, Mr Prabhat Kumar Prawin delivered a guest lecture at the Pacific Fusion Restaurant at the Laucala Campus on 7 November 2017.

During his presentation, Mr Prawin talked on how the Marriot Brand began and that there are a number of opportunities available for the students. 

He encouraged the students to think big and said that the main attribute that will set the best of them aside is their attitude. 

With the right attitude, Mr Prawin highlighted, the students can go very far and told them that the world is full of possibilities and not to restrict themselves locally.

Mrs Parijata Moeava, Facilitator at Pacific TAFE’s College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality said that the students showed a lot of interest in the hospitality as well as the culinary side.

These students, Mrs Moeava said, will be amongst the list of interviewees for internships at the Marriot, Sheraton and the Westin Denarau to commence their training later in the year or early next year.

“Chef Prawin and his team have been very supportive toward the Hospitality and Cookery programme, and we look forward to this partnership with the Marriot Brand,” she added.

To this, Mr Pasirio Kitione, coordinator, Tourism and Hospitality programme said that the partnership is very important for the college and students, ensuring that they are well qualified and ready to establish their professional careers.   

Mr Kitione said that the Marriott properties in Fiji are major operators because of their international experience and local/Pacific knowledge and added that they also have the capacity, in terms of human resources, operations and standards to provide the students with comprehensive training during their industry attachment.

“Such training will allow our students to acquire strong knowledge and skills set from these international brands like Marriott, Sheraton, Westin and it is our responsibility (Hospitality & Culinary Programme Team) to forge and maintain industry partnerships,” Mr Kitione noted.

Mr Hamish McCracken, Head of College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality pointed out that  for all students in any field, the transition from study to work is a challenge and that is why Pacific TAFE focuses on six-month industry placements to ensure that the skills taught are bedded in and that the transition is successful. 

Mr McCracken further stated that it is important for students to understand industries’ expectations such as time keeping and the challenges around shift work. 

This, he added, is also why it is necessary that students are attached with such high quality organisations so that they can learn from the best and maintain the standards that are set at Pacific TAFE. 

“Having industry partners join us to share their knowledge and experience of industry while our students are still in our training restaurants helps prepare our students for this transition,” he further noted.

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