Cape Naturaliste College student Jasmin Fussell has been awarded with the VETS gold medal for food and beverage. The year 11 student is studying a certificate II in hospitality and hopes to continue on to a career in the industry.
“I was well and truly shocked to find that I won,” Miss Fussell said.
“I definitely cried, it was just so nice to know all my hard work had paid off.”
In order to win the medal, Miss Fussell had to serve a table of three a three course meal, greet them appropriately, prepare non alcoholic beverages and ensure they had an enjoyable dining experience.
A regional competition, Miss Fussell competed against other students from all across the South West.
“There were students there from Bunbury, Busselton, Harvey, Donnybrook and all across the region.
“You have to provide the full service, make sure everything goes smoothly and prepare drinks.”
Miss Fussell received high marks in all aspects, showing a high standard across the board.
“It was lots of fun, it really is a good skill to have.”
Miss Fussell has been studying the course for two years now and hopes to attend more competitions and compete on a national level. Miss Fussell is the first student from Cape Naturaliste to compete in the regional competition.
“I was so proud to represent the school and win,” Miss Fussell said.
“It has been hard work because I have to balance a normal school work load plus all the work for the certificate II.
“It’s certainly been worth all the hard work and juggling things around.”
The certificate II in hospitality qualification provides a pathway to work in various hospitality settings, such as restaurants, hotels, motels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
The course provides skills for job roles that involve mainly routine and repetitive tasks using practical skills and basic industry knowledge, as well as high standard of customer service and working under direct supervision.
“I would like a career in hospitality for the future, so this is a good step in the right direction.”