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Next generation needed to fill Sydney’s chronic shortage of apprentice chefs

Sydney faces a chronic shortage of apprentice chefs, according to HTN, the leading group employer of culinary and food service apprentices

“Despite the fascination with food and cookery, and the rise of the celebrity chef, it is difficult to find young people to fill the vacancies that are available,” said the CEO of HTN, Michael Bennett.

“We currently have approximately 100 vacancies for apprentice chefs across all parts of Sydney.

“There are openings in restaurants, cafes, clubs, pubs and catering organisations that remain hard to fill,” he said.

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Cheap, low-quality education degrees failing

Universities are failing to provide many teachers with the skills they require, throwing them in front of a classroom and leaving them to sink or swim.

Yet the focus on teacher education in Australia has become bogged down in a toxic debate about raising the calibre of people studying teaching rather than on improving the content and structure of teaching courses.

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Finding the right tutor

Finding the right tutor can be difficult. What works for one student might not work for another. That’s where tuition providers comes in.

Jacob Collier from Absolute Value Tuition says that the overwhelming feedback from students is that the one-on-one interaction with young and engaging tutors at each session encourages the development of a relationship based on rapport and trust over the duration of their studies.

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2015 Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

For over 20 years, the Awards have recognised the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, training practitioners, businesses, secondary schools and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia. This year the Awards will be held in Hobart on Thursday 19 November 2015.

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Keep social media jargon outside the workplace

Acronyms such as ‘TTYS’ (talk to you soon), AFAIK (as far as I know), ‘bgd’ (background), ‘cre8’ (create) and ‘b4’ (before) have become commonplace on social media – but recruiting experts Hays warns that using them in your CV or cover letter can hinder your job search.

According to Hays, chances are that using such acronyms outside social media sites paints a certain picture of the sender, and it’s not a good one.

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