Undertaking a Hospitality qualification at Drysdale has opened Amity Ellis’ eyes to the opportunities that the industry has to offer and helped win her a Women in Tourism scholarship
Amity (pictured second from left) was recently awarded the Women in Tourism Tasmania Northern Branch Scholarship, 2019.
Amity says she is excited to win the scholarship and will use the funds to undertake further study at Drysdale North, where she completed a Certificate III in Hospitality in 2018.
“I was working as a barista and unfortunately I lost my job. Rather than looking for work I decided it was time to return to study.
“I’d been working in the industry for a few years mainly doing bar work and barista work. I decided it was time to capture my experience on paper so I enrolled in the Certificate III in Hospitality at Drysdale.
“Before undertaking the course I didn’t know how broad hospitality and tourism was. I didn’t realise how many doors it could open. The course really highlighted all the opportunities that are out there in the industry.
“It was definitely a positive outcome going back to training. I loved it. My teacher, Max, was one of the greatest teachers. She gave us lots of hands-on personal experiences. She was awesome.”
The $1000 Women in Tourism scholarship is awarded annually to assist the recipient to undertake tourism or hospitality studies as post-secondary level. They also receive peer support from Women in Tourism Tasmania members and have the opportunity to attend a number of events including the two-day Tasmanian Tourism Conference 2019.
Tourism Industry Council Tasmania Industry Services Advisor, Christine Pritchard, said she and colleague, Kim Jeffery, conducted the scholarship interview and were both impressed by Amity’s confidence and interest in pursuing a career in the tourism and hospitality industry in Tasmania.
Amity recently attended the WIT Northern Branch Networking Christmas event and said it was a great opportunity to meet and make contacts with other women in the industry.
Amity plans to undertake a Certificate III in Tourism at Drysdale North in 2019 and then complete a Certificate IV in Tourism or Hospitality.
Drysdale is the tourism and hospitality training division of TasTAFE.
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