Meet Kristie Pratt
Kristie Pratt dreams of one day opening up a little bakery, serving pastries and satisfying her sweet tooth. Luckily, a scholarship has helped to accelerate Kristie along her career path in the exciting and progressive hospitality industry.
The former Warracknabeal Secondary College student was this year’s successful recipient of the Hazeldene’s Hospitality Scholarship at Bendigo TAFE.
The scholarship has made it possible for Bendigo TAFE to train Kristie to become a qualified cook and help alleviate the skill shortage that is prevalent in the hospitality industry.
Kristie said she is grateful for the scholarship which allows her to focus on full time study in the vocation of commercial cookery without worrying about the cost of tuition, uniform and knife set.
“If I didn’t get the scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to fund the course or continue on with what I wanted to do. The scholarship has kept the door open,” Kristie said
In year 10, Kristie chose to swap music for hospitality and followed on by completing a Certificate II in Hospitality via a vocational education and training program.
“I’ve always loved cooking with my mum in the kitchen and my brother. I watch all the TV shows including Ready, Steady Cook, Live and Cooking and Masterchef re-runs.”
Upon successful completion, Kristie will be awarded a Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) and be a qualified cook.
“I hope to open a bakery and sell cakes or provide catering for parties,” Kristie said.
Come along to open day at the Bendigo City Campus and Echuca Campus to check out the state of the art hospitality facilities.
Bendigo TAFE would like to acknowledge the continued support of Hazeldene’s.