This year Wisenet Information Systems is celebrating its 20 year anniversary as Australia’s leading vendor of software services for Registered Training Organisations. Wisenet CEO, Mr Ben Hamilton was the recipient of several scholarships during his education including a student exchange program to Japan. Both Mr Hamilton and Wisenet Co-Founder and Director, Mr Kim Yelland know the life-changing impact this kind of positive opportunity can have on a young person. They are thrilled to be able to ‘give-back’ to the community as part of their continued success in supporting the vocational training industry.
“At Wisenet, we believe that education improves lives. We also believe that diversity is essential for a productive workplace and a healthy society. So when we decided to create a scholarship, we thought it important to include an international experience.” says Mr Yelland, himself a frequent traveller.
With appreciation to philanthropic funding from Wisenet – Australia’s leading learning management platform for RTOs, Skilling Australia Foundation have been working hard narrow down applications from high-achieving hospitality apprentices nationwide. Two finalists, had their final panel interview on Friday 6th October. In an exciting twist, due to the high calibre of candidates, and the task being too difficult to choose between the two finalists, Wisenet has awarded the scholarship to both finalists; two budding young chefs from Brisbane!
Winners Alison of Plenty West End and Ben, Apprentice Chef, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School will depart Brisbane this Saturday October 28th where they will embark on a weeklong chaperoned scholarship to Tokyo, Japan.
This international learning experience will comprise cultural immersion into Tokyo’s food scene including an experience at the Tsukiji Fish Market and skills observation including front of house, hospitality and kitchen activities at ‘Two Rooms’ and ‘Ruby Jacks’.
Presented by Mr Trevor Evans MP, Federal Member for Brisbane; and Wisenet Director and Co-Founder Mr Kim Yelland at the Independent Learning Centre of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School; this scholarship shows how employers, educators and the community can come together to support and develop the next generation of young people.
“I look forward to expanding my knowledge of Asian cuisine and techniques, developing skills and contacts in an overseas kitchen, improving my Japanese language skills, and immersing myself in Japanese culture” says Alison, who will be departing the country for the very first time on Saturday.
Ben was shocked by the news that he had been selected for a dream trip; “This is awesome, the itinerary looks really cool and I am excited to be able to observe the culinary techniques of masters in Japan. The Tsukiji fish market will be a highlight for me, a mate of mine has been and ever since he told me about it, I’ve been dreaming of going!”
“We’ve come a long way in 20 years to what Wisenet is today. We are thrilled to give-back to the community as part of our continued success in supporting the vocational training industry” said Mr Yelland.
Programs Advisor of Skilling Australia Foundation, Amy-Lou Cowdroy-Ling says “The generosity of organisation’s like Wisenet is really admirable. It has been a pleasure for Skilling Australia Foundation to be part of a project that has so many overlaps and personal connections with the funders’ own journey. This kind of opportunity is life-changing, especially for a young person with limited exposure to other cultures; or in Alison’s case, having never left the country. The itinerary is full of awesome experiences for Ben and Alison and we cannot wait to hear all about their time abroad.”
You can follow the learning experience via our social media channels.
If you’d like to know more about making a financial or in-kind contribution to Skilling Australia Foundation, or sponsoring a scholarship opportunity, please contact Programs Advisor Amy-Lou Cowdroy-Ling