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F1 announcement signals opportunity for students

The Victorian Government has announced the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix will remain in Melbourne until 2035, an announcement that spells opportunity for William Angliss Institute students.

Every year, students studying at Angliss can take part in an exclusive recruitment drive for Food & Desire, the F1's high-end caterers. The opportunity allows them to not only enjoy the atmosphere and experience first-hand the scale of the major global sporting event, but also to learn from industry leaders.

For students, the chance to build on their training through behind-the-scenes access to the Grand Prix offers an exclusive career experience that further develops skills with insider tips and industry connections.

Over 100 students were recruited by Food and Desire for paid positions at this year's record-breaking event.

In 2022, the Australian F1 Grand Prix had its highest ever attendance, estimated over 419,000 across the four day event. For the hospitality industry, this means well-polished processes for food preparation and front-of-house service is essential.

Certificate III in Hospitality student, Charlie Ledden, worked as a bar tender at the Race Deck during the GP. It was one of his first hospitality roles outside his Angliss training and he found it a great all-round experience. Charlie also participated in the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's World's Longest Lunch event, again secured through the Careers and Jobs Centre at Angliss.

"Food & Desire definitely have lots of experience in working at the Grand Prix as everything was super smooth and was easy to understand," said Charlie. "It definitely showed me a different side to everything which I hadn't considered, working there has given me a different outlook on my career plans."

For Diploma of Hospitality Management student Jeani Oeikilisan, she believes her experience in the Angliss Restaurant set her up well for her front-of-house duties at the Grand Prix.

"I love that we are given the opportunities to have a great experience in the industry as not many people get to experience it," said Jeani who plans to pathway to study a Bachelor of Resort and Hotel Management after completing her diploma.

Hoping for a career in the big hospitality industry, Jeani continued, "It really helps my future career plans as it places a great impression on HR.

"It was a very fun experience, going to the venue with friends, getting to know more people, and getting to watch the whole Grand Prix race at the best view."

With the race contract extended for another ten years, the opportunities for future students to are assured, with the continued involvement of Angliss students described as "a credit to the quality of our training".

Learn more about student career and employment opportunities, or visit Student Services.

Published 22 June 2022