What is Industry Experience?
Industry Experience is the on the job training component of the Commercial Cookery or Back of House (BoH) course you are studying. Industry Experience focuses on linking your knowledge and skills with real workplace situations and will give you an important insight into your chosen industry.
Is Industry Experience the same as just working in a kitchen?
No, as opposed to simply working in a kitchen, Industry Experience enables you to put into practice and develop the skills related to the units in your Commercial Cookery or BoH course. Students will also be required to keep a Logbook of the tasks they undertake and the hours they work during their time with an employer. Your Industry Experience will need to cover at least 4 different types of service period, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Special Events and should cover a wide range of food, responsibilities and menu plans.
Do I have to do Industry Experience?
Yes. Industry Experiences a compulsory part of all SERO Institute’s Commercial Cookery and BoH courses. You cannot achieve your certificate if you do not successfully complete your Industry Experience Shifts/Service Periods.
When do I do Industry Experience?
SERO Institute currently runs three (3) major Commercial Cookery programs, each with their own duration. Students studying any of the below courses can undertake either paid or unpaid Industry Experience throughout their program.
For those students NOT working in an appropriate commercial kitchen setting, they will need to organise the following with their Trainer and Student Support:
Accelerated Culinary Program – 63 Weeks
- 8 weeks Industry Experience that must be undertaken either on a weekly basis or during the 11 holiday weeks once the student has been advised that they are ready for Industry Experience.
Workplace Extended Program – 92 Weeks
- 27 weeks of up to 20 Hours per Week paid or unpaid Industry Experience to be completed after all study weeks.
Diploma of Hospitality ‐ Back of House Program – 71 Weeks
- 4 weeks full time Industry Experience (approximately 200 hours) that must be undertaken either on a weekly basis or during the Study Schedule once the student has been advised that they are ready for Industry Experience.
How do I know if I am ready for Industry Experience?
Your Trainer will advise you when you are ready for Industry Experience and when you will be expected to start. Some important considerations in work readiness are:
The successful completion of the following units:
- SITXFSA001‐Use hygienic practices for food safety
- SITHCCC001 ‐ Use food preparation equipment
- SITHCCC005 ‐ Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
- SITXINV002 ‐ Maintain the quality of perishable items
- SITHCCC005 ‐ Prepare dishes using
- SITHCCC006 ‐ Prepare appetisers and salads
- SITHCCC007 ‐ Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
- SITHCCC008 ‐ Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes
Your previous experience, current employment and confidence in the kitchen will also be considered by your trainer when deciding if you are ready for Industry Placement.