SIX Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander
students from Walgett (north-west NSW) and Albury (far south-west NSW) recently took part in a unique work experience program at three of InterContinental Hotels Groups (IHG) major Sydney hotels – including Holiday Inn Potts Point, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport and Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach.
The senior students, part of the state’s Country Rugby League (CRL) program, where they study business services as part of their Higher School Certificate, spent three days experiencing a variety of hotel departments including food and beverage, house keeping and reception, at each of the properties.
As part of this course, the year 11 and 12 students also assist with organising state Rugby League events to help bolster their business and hospitality experience and ultimately garner an accredited Business Services Certificate.
The first time CRL has worked with a hotel or international organisation, the partnership is an extension of IHG’s comprehensive national Reconciliation Action Plan – first introduced to the hotel industry in 2010.
This is in addition to the creation of an IHG scholarship program with Bond University and establishment of IHG’s leadership development program for indigenous employees and employees who have come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Pictured: Students Sarah Watson and Logan Allan at Holiday Inn Potts Point front desk
Students at Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach with Nigel Logus
Students at Nekeita Murray and Nekeisha Murray at Holiday Inn Potts Point