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Year 12 student, John, has recently been successful in gaining an apprenticeship with the C.Y. O’Connor Village Pub in Piara Waters.

John was attending Workplacement as part of his Certificate II in Hospitality when he caught the eye of Executive Chef Gavin Wright. Gavin indicated that John showed potential and initiative right away and was impressed with his work ethic and attitude.

C.Y. O’Connor Village Pub has been very supportive of Canning Vale College and the Workplacement Program. The local establishment regularly assists students that are studying a Certificate II in Hospitality and guides them in this industry. 

At C.Y. O’Connor Village Pub students have the opportunity to work in a specialised “paddock-to-plate” premises while learning on-the-job trade skills. The owners of C.Y. O’Connor Village Pub are currently collaborating on a new Centre for Innovation in Agriculture at their North Dandalup property which will further improve the paddock-to-plate steps including:

  • Genetic selection for health and eating quality
  • More efficient and humane finishing and processing of cattle on both grass and grain
  • Improved value-add and cooking techniques of beef, particularly the lesser cuts

They also hope to develop a microbrewery near the Centre which will allow combined research into flavour profiles of both beef and beer. This is the perfect opportunity for successful apprentices to be involved in a unique and exciting organisation that can help young people acquire a number of skills not common in normal hospitality operations.

John has completed work placement through school at a few different hospitality placements, including Crown Perth. This confirmed his desire to continue in this industry as a Chef and he is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

John indicated that the teachers at CVC had encouraged him to follow his interests and the Workplacement Program has assisted with this. Congratulations John.

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