May 4, 2008 SUNDAY TASMANIAN — 63 KUZINA AN ADVERTISING FEATURE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS ACHIEVEMENT: Kuzina restaurant is a class act for budding chefs. Hobart’s up-and- 300 students in Hobart in hospital- ity, commercial cookery and patiss- coming chefs can erie. It was born in July 2006 working dish up a winner and operating with two staff out of a terrace in Battery Point, creating TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Kuzina Restaurant/industryflink apprentice chefs from left, Joel Bellamy, Joanne Wells, what is now a workforce employing Nicholas Dorset, Head Chef/commercial cookery trainer and assessor Stephen Lunn , Emma Sear, Eric McNamara WHEN someone asked an industry- 10 staff and operating out of state-of- and Liam Constable. link staff member recently ‘‘What is it that puts industrylink leaps and the-art-offices in Elizabeth St. Industrylink incorporates a li- in the industry today. ‘‘How can we bounds ahead of the rest?’’ The reply brary for students, a classroom and be training the young up-and- was: ‘‘That every employee in our facilities for all apprentice chefs and coming leaders in our industry if organisation is passionate about front-of-house staff. our teachers are out-of-touch with what they do. This is the secret to what is happening in the real our success.’’ It is based out of the former world?’’ owner and operator Nicho- Industrylink believes that people Casablanca Restaurant, now re- las Platon said. are the key to any successful busi- vamped and renamed Kuzina. ‘‘The industry trends are forever ness. What a tremendous achievement evolving and it’s important that we Through providing training excel- in just under two years. can share our vision and updated lence, it facilitates dynamic and Industrylink, winner of the 2007 skills.’’ successful employees who can fur- Tasmanian Training Awards, The students enrolled with indus- ther the success of a business. prides itself on excellence, passion trylink are not charged for any of Industrylink’s training generates and professionalism. the training or resources provided positive outcomes within any work- A condition of employment for all to them. There is no financial cost place. its trainers and assessors is they personally to the student regardless This dynamic organisation deliv- keep up-to-date with industry stan- of the course they are undertaking. ers vocational training to more than dards by maintaining employment ‘‘The apprentice wage is already low, how can we possibly expect them to pay for books and other resources,’’ Mr Platon asked. TEAMWORK: industrylink staff from left: managing director Nicholas Platon, ‘‘The employer is asked to contri- Susie Haley, Kate Webber, Cindy Sun-Ho, Gareth Patterson Were, Michelle bute a small amount from the Brennan, Moyra Hudson, Stephen Lunn. funding they receive from the gov- ernment, this helps pay for adminis- ‘‘We have small classes with no ployed by Kuzina, we open our doors tration and training costs. more than seven in each group. to other students wishing to gain ‘‘Furthermore, students are not That’s what we consider and believe further experience and knowledge required to leave their workplace to be quality and personal training, at no cost to them,’’ Mr Platon said. for extended periods to undertake focusing on individual learning Located at 213 Elizabeth St, Kuzi- training. needs and outcomes,’’ Mr Platon na has been revamped with great ‘‘Our initiative is to work very said. food and true value-for-money. closely with the student and the Don’t let the tablecloths fool you. The recently-opened Kuzina employer in their familiar working restaurant-kitchen, run by qualified environment. This is a win-win for trainer and assessors Stephen Lunn Upcoming events at all involved.’’ Industrylink has in- Kuzina include: and Gareth Patterson Were and troduced new and modern ways of front-of-house trainer and assessors � Mother’s Day lunch — four delivering training to benefit em- Nicholas Platon and Michelle Bren- courses $60 pp with complimentary ployers, the student and contribute nan, has proven to be a huge success glass of champagne for mum. For to overall success while providing for the students. bookings ring 6234 9901. EXCELLENCE: Nicholas Platon proudly displays industrylink’s Training national accreditation — it’s a win- Organisation of the Year award. ner. ‘‘With a full team of staff em- � Guest chefs night next month.