Ken, a proud Kaurna man, was a student at Warriappendi High School in Adelaide and worked in hospitality throughout his time at school, which sparked his intense interest in the industry.
Ken currently works with AccorHotels as a Food and Beverage Attendant at Ibis Adelaide, where ICHM graduate Bodelle Francis is the Hotel Manager.
Ken is looking forward to building his skills at ICHM through the three-year Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management).
‘I believe this scholarship will arm me with the tools as well as the industry specific knowledge and qualifications that I need to help me achieve my goals in hospitality’, he says.
Ken is passionate about customer service and hospitality, as he has been working in cafes since he was 12. His advice to others looking for a career in the industry is to be genuine and smile and say hello to everyone you meet.
‘Always go that extra mile and be part of a team, make yourself known and work from the heart’, said Ken.
This is the first hospitality scholarship to be offered by the Bridging the Gap Foundation and the first of many to come.
‘The Bridging the Gap Foundation aims to address the urgent issue of the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ health and education outcomes’, said Richard Ryan AO, Chair of the Bridging the Gap Foundation and ICHM’s College Council.
‘We recognise that tourism is one of Australia’s most important industries, and one which provides significant employment opportunities in both regional and metropolitan Australia.
‘We are very happy to announce Ken as the deserving recipient of this scholarship and wish him all the best in his future studies.’
Ken will start as a student at ICHM in January 2019.
Pictured: Richard Ryan AO, Ken Abrook and Derek Milligan