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Year 13 student at Hawera High School, Brittany Godderidge is enthusiastic about delicious desserts.
Hawera High School
Brittany Godderidge has a self-confessed sweet tooth and has always enjoyed baking treats with her family, including her Dad who used to be a chef.
The keen cook jumped at the chance to study ‘chefing’ through her school’s Trades Academy programme in 2013. She then followed up in 2014 with a work placement at Lush Café in New Plymouth. Both of these helped Brittany earn credits toward her NCEA qualifications.
“I am doing what I love and its helping me get through school, its brilliant!” she says.
In addition to learning valuable food preparation skills and time management, she perfected some of her favourite dishes and the art of making them “pretty on the plate”.
“I enjoyed learning some subjects through the Trades Academy because I’m more of a practical learner,” Brittany says.
And the hands-on learning has worked.
Brittany has been offered an apprenticeship as a chef at the Hotel Intercontinental in Wellington starting January 2015. She’s excited to be taking up this fantastic opportunity.
Brittany ultimately wants to become a patisserie chef – preferably in France. “I’d love to be a patisserie chef there. My goal is to work in a famous, fancy restaurant,” she says.
Nigella Lawson, one of the budding patisserie chef’s idols, had better watch out – or hire her before someone else snaps her up - Brittany has already been offered a job at Lush Cafe.
The manager at the cafe was only too happy to take her on. “Soon after I started the manager said she was going to offer me a job!” Brittany says.
Brittany has successfully completed her NCEA Level 2 and is working towards a Services Industries Vocational Pathway Award. This will show that she has aligned her school study with a specific sector.
“At school you get told about the real world but through the Trades Academy I experienced it, and realised that I could do what I had always dreamed of,” she says.
Arthur Graves, the Ministry of Education’s Group Manager for Youth Guarantee which offer the Trade Academy programmes and Vocational Pathways says: “When students study subjects in areas which are relevant and interesting to them, then they are much more likely to stay at school and remain engaged with their learning. Having NCEA Level 2 also means students are well-prepared to undertake further training, study or work, as they have a solid foundation to build on.”
As well as Trade Academy programmes, Hawera High School utilises various schemes to ensure that students are catered for including, Gateway funding or Star. These are all offered within the Vocational Pathways framework.
This year nearly 200 Year 11 to 13 students at Hawera High are experiencing horticulture or agriculture, 60 have sampled chef training, 40 have tried tourism while another 216 are trying a range of other jobs.
Of the 95 Year 12 and 13 students who undertook work experience through work placement programmes, the majority (97 percent) are leaving for fulltime apprenticeships, jobs in the community or extending their education at WITT (Western Institute of Technology), Ucol or even university.