A World Stuck at Home
The way we work has changed. With the proliferation of the COVID-19 pandemic, workplaces across the world have either had to drastically alter how they operate, or completely close operations until social distancing restrictions are eased. This has seen so many people jumping online to conduct the roles they would usually perform in a busy office. But for everyone else who haven’t been lucky enough to stay employed, such as those in the hospitality and tourism industry, there are masses of uneasy hours left to spend at home, with no clear outlook on what the future will hold. What many are choosing to do is take this time to educate themselves. Whether this is simply nurturing a habit or building out future career opportunities, people are preparing themselves for a post-COVID-19 future. And with so many educational platforms available online, there has never been a better time!
Opportunity Example: Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery (SIT40516)
The hospitality industry has been hit incredibly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. What is perhaps a small silver lining for some, is that this period of unemployment will only be temporary. When restaurants and cafes reopen, the industry actually holds loads of potential. Before the pandemic struck late last year, chef roles were on an incredibly rise. With the most growth in both the food and beverage and accommodation sectors, projections suggest 16.7% growth in chef positions by 2023. COVID-19 has also opened the world of online food delivery to millions of new customers. As restrictions are lifted and Australians can fall back in love with our dine-out culture, there is more future potential forever in long term growth. The appropriate qualification for this position would be Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery (SIT40516). So many resources are available online that can help prepare future students for the roles and demands ahead. But what about the practical elements? And what if you feel you’re already qualified?
How Recognition of Prior Learning
One of the reasons many people avoid entering into a course is because of the high time and cost commitments, primarily because they are looking to upskill themselves, and they already hold a great list of the skills needed. Why spend good money to relearn skills you already have? Fortunately, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) exists. This is the process by which you can compile a portfolio of evidence to present your competency in a given field. Registered Training Organisations, or RTOs, are the educational bodies that offer the qualifications to ensure all work carried out within Australia is done to an acceptable degree. If your portfolio is deemed sufficient, the RTO will reward you with part, or all of a nationally recognised qualification.
Compiling Your Portfolio
You can never have too much evidence to back your competency claim when applying for RPL. A successful portfolio will contain photos and footage of you completing work, referrals from previous employers, certificates and documents from similar work, and so forth. If you require assistance, reach out to RPL professionals today to help you through the process.
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