NZMA Students Head South for Internships

NZMA Students Head South for Internships

Wednesday 21 December

A top Picton hotel is snapping up NZMA hospitality and cookery students for internships and possible full-time permanent employment.

CPG Hotels’ Picton Yacht Club welcomes a huge influx of guests over the busy summer months, and after attending the 2016 NZMA Careers Fair, CPG Hotels Group HR Manager Michelle Davies decided that offering NZMA students internships could be an ideal solution to her seasonal staffing shortages.
 
One cookery and two hospitality students have already headed south to take up the opportunity, with more expected to follow.
 
“The hospitality and cookery programmes NZMA runs are great, and the quality of students are high, so we are more than willing to take students on in Picton for internships during our busy months. This could become a yearly recurrence,” says Michelle.
 
It’s a win-win opportunity, bringing benefits both to the hotel and NZMA students and graduates.
 
“The Picton Yacht Club is run by a small team so students can gain exposure to most areas of the industry. We offer a nurturing environment with plenty of support, unlike some of the larger hotels where you can become just a number.”
 
The added bonus is that CPG Hotels has nine properties ranging from backpackers, to motels, to hotels, all over New Zealand, including Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Dunedin. The acquisition of even more properties is in the pipeline.
 
“If the students perform well during their internship in our Picton property, they can then be offered ongoing employment with the Group in another property.”
 
Roles up for grabs include commis chef, duty manager, bar team leader and several GSA’s (General Service Agents).
 
Indian hospitality student Jaspreet Singh (pictured here) made a good impression on Michelle at the NZMA Careers Fair, and jumped at the chance to pursue his career outside of Auckland.
 
“My long-term goal is to work my way to the top of the hotel industry and make myself, and my culture, proud. I specifically targeted hotels at the Careers Fair, and was very interested in moving outside of Auckland for employment. There are so many beautiful places in New Zealand,” says Jaspreet.
 
Now he’s living the dream, working for a fast-growing hotel group and enjoying all that the picturesque South Island seaside town has to offer. Which is plenty! Picton is the gateway to the marine, forest and island attractions of the world-famous Marlborough Sounds, and the town itself is full of vibrant cafes, bars and galleries.