The Premier of South Australia the Hon Steven Marshall MP officially opened the ICHM Career Expo on 10 October.
Officially opened by the Premier of South Australia the Hon Steven Marshall MP, this semester’s Career Expo got off to a flying start.
Held on campus, the Career Expo is a joint ICHM/LCB initiative now in its fourth year.
ICHM Chief Executive Gerald Lipman, Principal Dr George Brown and LCBs Chief Operating Officer Rudi Scheel took Premier Steven Marshall on a whistle-stop preview of the Career Expo, while industry representatives and ICHM and LCB personnel sat down to a networking lunch at Latham’s Café.
In introducing the Premier, Dr Brown made mention of the ground breaking partnership between ICHM, LCB and the South Australian Government 27 years ago.
‘Today ICHM can boast 3500 graduates around the globe in an industry that is growing at a rapid pace.
‘In South Australia alone there are 22 hotels in the pipeline, which means 22 general managers, 100 directors and thousands of jobs across the sector.
‘And graduates will be encouraged by the extra year allowed in the post-study work visa’, he said.
This is the first time the Premier has opened the Expo.
In his remarks, the Premier commented on the high quality of the exhibits, and thanked industry partners for showcasing their offerings to the next generation of hospitality professionals, especially hoteliers who had come from interstate.
He also congratulated students, saying ‘you look like fantastic professionals who would fit into any six-star hotel in the world’.
‘I also congratulate you for thinking about a career in hospitality. I can’t think of a better career to have at the moment, which is experiencing an explosion of opportunities right around the world.
‘And in studying at this location in Adelaide you really have gone straight to the top’, he said.
Hospitality is worth 2.7 billion to the South Australian economy; it is the sixth largest sector in South Australia, employing in excess of 60,000 people.
The Premier went on to say that the government’s ambition is to to build on achievements to date and attract more people from interstate and overseas, telling students that ‘qualified people like you are critical to our doing that’.
Represented at the Career Expo were: Accor, Stamford, IHG, Hamilton Island, Majestic, Hyatt, Four Seasons, Marriott, SKYCITY Adelaide, Ovolo, Langham, Mayfair and Adabco, Robertson Lodges, The Star Entertainment Group, Journey Beyond, The Lucas Group, Crown Resorts, Crystalbrook Collection, Adelaide Oval, Delaware North, Hentley Farm and TFE.
Interviews with students for industry placements and jobs were conducted with industry recruitment personnel throughout the day.