HGT Newsletter - November 2013

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Kate Corkhill
HGT "2013 Most Outstanding Apprentice"  
        Iain McDougall (GM HGT), Michael Scott (GM Perth Arena), Don Hancey (WA Food Ambassador) 

2013 HGT Awards

Hospitality Group Training’s (HGT) Annual Awards presentation has just been held at the Perth Arena.  The awards are an opportunity for industry professionals and industry bodies to come together to support and recognise outstanding work by current HGT apprentices and trainees.  The HGT Awards Event formally rewards excellence and celebrates the achievements, and successes, of its top apprentices, trainees and employers. 
HGT General Manager, Iain McDougall, began the event by congratulating HGT apprentices and trainees who had completed their training and many who have been the recipients of industry awards over the past year.  Mr McDougall also thanked host employers who assist apprentices and trainees gain valuable on the job skills and experience and all the sponsors whose generous support makes the event possible.

Bell-Vista Fruit & Vegetables
Most Outstanding First Year Apprentice 
Harrison Green – Hosted by White Salt – Sorrento
Don Hancey – Panorama Catering Award
Most Outstanding Second Year Apprentice 
Ben Walker – Hosted by The Breakwater - Hillarys
Australian Hotels Association
Most Outstanding Final Year Apprentice 
Gerrit Jansen van Resberg – Hosted by Miss Maud Hotel – Perth

Bell-Vista Fruit & Vegetables
Most Improved Apprentice 
Matt Haley – Hosted by The Raffles Hotel- Canning Bridge
Meat & Livestock Australia (WA)
Schools Apprentice of the Year 
Dylan-Lansdown Goodman – Hosted by Mykonos Greek Restaurant – Highgate
Australian Medical Association (WA)
Most Improved Trainee
Elizabeth Strahn – Hosted Dee Kaf – Mt Lawley
Cut-it-Out – Trainee of the Year
Alexander Stothard – Hosted by Goodearth Hotel Perth – Perth
Australian Hotels Association
Employer of the Year
The Print Hall - Perth

Margaret Johnson
Quiet Achiever Award
Ma Theresa Pangilinan – Hosted by ANZAC Club - RSL WA Branch – Perth
Hospitality Group Training
Chairman’s Ambassador Award
Paige Dittmer – Hosted by Subiaco Hotel – Subiaco

John Cox Memorial Trophy / Mondo Butchers Award
Most Outstanding Apprentice
Kate Corkhill – Hosted by Matilda Bay Restaurant – Crawley
Ian McDougall, General Manager, Hospitality Group Training said “HGT recognises that today’s apprentices and trainees are the hospitality industry’s most valuable resource. HGT continues to provide high quality workplace training, apprenticeships and traineeships to the industry, and demonstrates a firm commitment to the future of the industry by ensuring our state has a strong skills base.  2013 has been yet another challenging year for the hospitality industry and it is pleasing to see the continued success of HGT and its apprentices and trainees.”
Hospitality Group Training employs over 120 apprentices and trainees currently working in hospitality venues throughout Perth and regional Western Australia.
Hospitality Group Training is a great alternative for small and medium sized hospitality businesses which are unable to offer an apprentice a permanent position because they cannot guarantee ongoing work or may not have the capacity to undertake all employment and training functions.

To find out more about Hospitality Group Training, please visit www.hgtwa.com.au

Pictured - Tyson Allanson & Catherine MacDougall - Cyril Jackson Senior Campus          Finalists and Judges - 2013 HGT Taste of the Future Schools Cooking Competition 

"Taste of the Future” Schools Cooking Competition

The final cook-off of  the “HGT Taste of the Future” Schools Cooking Competition - open to Year 11 & 12 Students in WA Schools  was held on 22nd October 2013 at Belmont City College. 

The competition assisted in raising awareness and promoting chef apprenticeships to secondary school students in responding to labour and skills shortages in the hospitality and tourism industry.

The competition gave students the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills and passion for cooking. Judges for the competition Don Hancey – WA Food Ambassador, Stephen Clarke – Clarke’s of North Beach & David Clem – Perth Arena were all impressed by the methodology and quality of food the students produced.  Don Hancey said “the students demonstrated their ability to not only produce amazing food but brought passion and fun into the kitchen!”

The winner of the competition is Tyson Allanson, student at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. Tyson enjoys  re-interpreting classic dishes for the modern day, and loves experimenting with and combining flavours.

Tyson has had to overcome dyslexia and dyspraxia to return to school to continue his studies and improve his literacy and numeracy skills.

Cyril Jackson Senior Campus is a Senior School Engagement program which offers an alternative year 11 education program. It provides relevant, student-centred curriculum in a supportive environment for students who feel and need extra support and guidance with their studies and future work options

The prize for the winner is an apprentice scholarship valued at $3000 worth of Training College fees in addition to Government tools for trade support. Additional cash prizes were also awarded to the winner and other place getters.

Results for the HGT Taste of the Future School Cooking
Competition are as follows:

Winner - Tyson Allanson - Cyril Jackson Senior Campus
2nd Place - Ruby Jane Clifford - Warwick Senior High School
3rd Place - Hannah Fraser- La Salle College
4th Place - Alexander John Corinaldesi - Hamilton Senior High School
5th Place - Isaac Hanson - Mindarie Senior College

The schools attended by the top five finalists also received a $1000 voucher for kitchen & cooking equipment for their school.

Iain McDougall, General Manager, Hospitality Group Training said “HGT received a large number of applications from students throughout the Perth area and those selected as finalists should be proud of their efforts.  The applications received were of an outstanding standard”.

As the event was such a success with positive feedback from schools, participants, parents industry and judges, HGT will be running "Taste of the Future" again in 2014.

To view additional photographs from Taste of the Future School Cooking Competition click here

The Benefits of employing Apprentices and Trainees

Taking on apprentices and trainees can provide real benefits for your business. Your new apprentice or trainee can contribute significantly to your bottom line, with practical skills and knowledge acquired through their training. Taking on a new apprentice may also mean you are eligible for a range of government financial assistance. They can be full-time, part-time or school-based.
HGT can connect you with job ready candidates when you are looking to employ an apprentice or trainee.
If you are thinking of hiring an apprentice or Trainee, HGT is here to help.

At the moment, the Hospitality Industry is at its lowest number of apprentices in training for ten years, with only one in ten hospitality and food establishments employing an apprentice.
Think about the future implications for the Industry.....
If you are considering hiring an apprentice or trainee or would like more information about becoming a host employer, contact Hospitality Group Training and make an appointment today.
Hospitality Group Training have Apprentices, School Based Apprentices, Trainees and School Based Trainees available for placement in your area.
Hospitality Group Training employs over 100 West Australian Apprentices and arranges placement with host employers. 
HGT can connect you with the talent of tomorrow and find the perfect apprentice for your team.  We match apprentices with employers based on their skills, interests and passion for the job. 
You don’t have to make a 3 year commitment to an apprentice – Apprentice placements can be provided from 3 - 18 months.  HGT gives you the flexibility to employ apprentices to suit your business needs.  
 All Apprentices are regularly monitored by our Industry Consultant and provide consistent and reliable feedback to our Host Employers.

School Based Apprentices

School based apprenticeships are a fantastic way for students to gain valuable work & life experiences, earn money and gain a formal qualification, all whilst completing their high school education.
Students attend the workplace one day a week, Training College one day a week and spend 3 days at school.

What are the benefits of employing a School-based Apprentice?

Employing a School-based Apprentice gives you the chance to employ keen young staff before they graduate from high school

Employ and train a young person part-time in your business

Meet the current and future skills needs of your business

Develop a valuable staff member who builds knowledge of your business

Give a young person realistic exposure to your sector and related careers

Allow young people to progress to a full-time traineeship or apprenticeship after completing school with recognition of the training already undertaken
If you are interested in taking on a School Based Apprentice or a fulltime Apprentice, or would like to make an appointment to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact us on 94811602

You can check out available candidates by clicking here
Candidate information is updated regularly as candidates are placed and recruited.


ATO Focusing on Super Obligations for Cafe & Restaurant Owners in 2013/2014

With the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announcing a focus on cafes and restaurants in 2013/14 to ensure Superannuation Guarantee (SG) payments are being made on time, HOSTPLUS is committed to ensuring employers are well prepared to avoid any unnecessary charges imposed by the ATO for late payment.

So when do I have to make SG payments to employees?
Under the Superannuation Guarantee Act you are required to make at least quarterly SG payments on behalf of your employees, with the option to contribute as frequently as monthly.
The frequency of how often you make payments may vary depending on whether any of your employees are covered by an award or employment agreement that requires a certain payment frequency. For the majority of employees, SG contribution due dates are listed below:

SG Quarter

Due date for payment to HOSTPLUS

Due dates for payment of SG

Due date for payment of quarterly  SG charge

1 Jul – 30 Sep

14 Oct

28 Oct

28 Nov

1 Oct – 31 Dec

14 Jan

28 Jan

28 Feb

1 Jan – 31 Mar

14 Apr

28 Apr

28 May

1 Apr – 30 Jun

14 Jul

28 Jul

28 Aug

If you do not pay the required SG contributions, you will have to pay the Superannuation Guarantee Charge.  This can be expensive as it is not tax deductible. There is also an administration charge of $20 per employee per quarter and an interest charge of 10% per annum.

Where can I get help?
As the industry super fund for the hospitality, tourism, recreation and sport industries for more than 25 years, HOSTPLUS not only understands your industry, we also understand your business.  We recognise that café and restaurant owners are busy people, so we want to do everything we can to make superannuation as easy as possible for you to administer. 
Take our Employer Business Centre for example.  Available 24 / 7 on the HOSTPLUS website, the Employer Business Centre has everything you need to know about meeting your super obligations, making payments quickly and easily, as well as answers to a range of frequently asked questions.    We also encourage employers to get in touch via our dedicated Employer Contact Centre on 1300 HOSTPLUS (1300 467 875) 8am - 8pm, Monday to Friday, should you need any further support.
We’ve helped thousands of employers simplify their super obligations, so you can get on with what you do best – running your business. 

Considering joining HOSTPLUS?  Why not visit hostplus.com.au to download the Employer Guide which provides an overview of our Fund as well as a handy list of all your employer super obligations.


HGT Welcomes Nathanael Ditchburn

Nathanael has been working in the hospitality industry,  in various roles for 15 years, both within Australia and Internationally.  Nathanael brings a wealth of knowledge and true expertise in the hospitality industry with him to Hospitality Group Training.  Nathanael  is highly customer focused and delivers his training in an inspiring & motivational. He is is passionate about creating the best space for support and fun learning within training interactions.
Nathanael is a qualified and experienced trainer and  delivers training units in Certificate II and III in hospitality to trainees and school based trainees in the workplace.

HGT - Temporary Chef/Cook Solutions

HGT recognises the pressure of kitchen staff absentees, and that every establishment or cuisine is unique and may require a different level of expertise or personnel. At HGT we have the right people for the right job!

Whether it is a relief chef you require or a temp chef to get your business through a busy period HGT can assist.

All of our Level 4 chefs are fully qualified and have been through thorough interview and recruitment process.

We can provide long and short term solutions for all areas of hospitality

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Event Catering
  • Pubs & Clubs

For further information on rates please contact Gavin Horne
Email: gavin@hgtwa.com.au
Tel: 08 9481 1602 

HGT has Moved!

Hospitality Group Training is pleased to announce that we have relocated our offices from Monday 18th November 2013.
Please update your records to reflect our new contact details as follows:

Physical Address:

38 Parliament Place
West Perth  WA  6005

Postal Address:

PO Box 754
West Perth WA 6872

Our business numbers and fax numbers remain the same.

Our email and website addresses remain the same.

If you haven't visited us in our new offices, we look forward to welcoming you to Parliament Place.


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