The eight winners of the 2018 Hospitality NZ/ SKY Future Leaders Scholarship were announced on 11 December. The annual scholarship programme, which is now in its sixth year, identifies eight young people with management potential and who are currently working in New Zealand’s hospitality industry. The scholarship is a collaboration between Hospitality New Zealand and SKY and aims to provide the financial support necessary for these candidates to undertake the New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Operational Management Level 5. The scholarship is open to Hospitality NZ members and non-members alike.
In total, the scholarship is worth $3,000 per winner, and provides each of these eight promising young professionals with $2,000 towards the current cost of the New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management Level 5, plus a grant of up to $1,000 to cover the costs to the scholar of attending the Future Leaders Day 2019, which is part of Hospitality New Zealand’s annual conference.
The diploma is one of the national qualifications offered by Industry Training Organisation (ITO) Service IQ, and is facilitated by Artisan Consulting for ServiceIQ. Applications for the scholarship are judged by Artisan Consulting.
Commenting on the calibre of the 2018 Hospitality NZ/ SKY Future Leaders Scholarship winners, Hospitality New Zealand CEO Vicki Lee said: “Congratulations to our eight Future Leaders for 2018! This year, we were particularly impressed by the standard of the applications we received. The quality was extremely high, and it made it more difficult than ever to select just eight winners.”
Lee continued: “Hospitality New Zealand is committed to investing in the future of the hospitality industry by upskilling the people working within it. Studying can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavour, which can make it difficult for everyone to get opportunities to train. We are very proud to open this training opportunity up to a wider circle of promising young hospo stars, and make it more inclusive, by taking some of the financial burden of study costs or student loans off their plate.”
SKY Business GM Grant McKenzie added: “SKY is proud to support the Future Leader's Scholarship, and to help grow New Zealand's hospitality industry by giving talented young people the chance to go all the way in their career in the industry."
Rayssa came to New Zealand from Brazil in 2016, and started off her hospitality industry experience has a housekeeper. In 2018, her passion for the industry drove her to become the outlet manager for Trek Global Backpacker in Wellington. Rayssa enjoys leading a team in a fun and friendly environment, and is excited by the prospect of future study through the scholarship programme.
Rory is the duty manager for the soon to open Rydges Wellington Airport Hotel. Before taking on this new role, Rory worked for the Rydes Wellington for three years. He started out as a GSA, and was then offered the opportunity of a corporate cadet position, which allowed him to get a good understanding of how each hotel department is run. Rory says he hopes this grounding will make him a knowledgeable hotel general manager one day.
Nathan is the events sales executive for The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments and Lakeside Residences in Queenstown. Originally from Auckland, Nathan has now called Queenstown home for six years. Nathan started his hospitality career working as a café hand and barista in his high school café at the age of 15. Since then, Nathan says his passion for hospitality has grown tenfold, and his career aspirations within the hospitality industry have also become more ambitious. He is looking forward to beginning this next exciting chapter in his hospitality career.
After working for Danger Danger for just over a year, Aria was promoted to the position of duty manager, and has now been working in this position for nine months. It didn’t take Aria long to fall in love with the nightclub and bar industry, since she thrives on the high-pressure, fast-paced environment. Aria also enjoys dealing with the unique set of challenges that come with managing a bar. She says she is excited to gain further knowledge and experience, and push herself to achieve bigger and better things.
James is a duty manager at Quest Carlaw Park in Auckland, where he has worked for one and a half years. He has worked in the hospitality industry for six years, and says that his primary enjoyment from working in the industry comes from interacting with guests. He enjoys problem solving for others and ensuring they are comfortable. In his spare time, James enjoys playing golf.
Nikita is a duty manager at the Woodbourne tavern and motels, where she has worked for over a year and a half. Nikita grow up in Blenheim, but also has a wealth of international experience, having spend eight years managing a restaurant and night club in Australia. She has also worked in bars in Canada for six months. Nikita is an active person who loves the great outdoors.
Sarah has been working for over two years as senior front of house for Hobbiton Movie Set Tours. She has worked in hospitality for 13 years. She started her hospitality journey working back of house, but her passion for customer service drew her to the front of house side. She studied hospitality level three in 2008, and is excited to now have the opportunity to do more work training. Sarah says she strives to be a proactive team leader and that she is looking forward to learning how to be the best leader she can be.
Sam works as a duty manager at Rydges Wellington. Since his father was a hotel general manager, and his mother was a waitress, Sam grew up with the hospitality industry. He has been working in the industry for two years, and says he is already happily addicted to it. Sam’s goal is to become a general manager one day, and to grow in the hotel sector.
Watch this space.