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So, you’re currently job hunting and you’ve noticed some job ads require you to have completed First Aid training. Completing a First Aid course can be a great thing to do, however it isn’t essential for all jobs.

Some people may choose to undertake First Aid training because they want to be prepared in times of need. Or some people may be involved in community clubs which require them to have undertaken training.

There is a strong possibility that you could be faced with a First Aid incident at some point in your life. This could be; asthma attacks, anaphylactic shock, insect bite, choking or even cardiac arrest. Therefore, even if it isn’t a requirement of your job, undertaking First Aid training is a sensible thing to do.

What does a First Aid course include? 

The Provide First Aid course gives you the skills and knowledge required to respond to an emergency situation. As well as apply appropriate first aid procedures, communicate details of the incident and evaluate the incident.

At HITsa, training is delivered by paramedics and nurses who have history of working in the medical and health industry. It includes both theory and practical demonstrations of possible First Aid scenarios, allowing students to relate it to real life events.

First Aid training is a one day course that runs for about 7 hours. Once completed, the qualification remains current for three years during which time a refresher course must be completed. 

What jobs require First Aid training?

First Aid certification pre-requisites are most common when applying for high risk jobs. However, requirements will differ depending on the work environment and industry. Employers are starting to crack down on employee safety and understand the importance of first aid. Therefore, it’s becoming a common pre-requisite in many high risk jobs. 

Here are some examples of non-medical careers where employers often call for their employees to be certified:

  • Childcare Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Electricians
  • Firefighters
  • Flight Attendants
  • Jails & Prison Staff
  • Lifeguards
  • Social Workers
  • Flight Attendant
  • Nanny & Babysitter
  • Teachers & School Staff
  • Security Guard

What is a high risk workplace?

A high risk workplace is an environment where there may be exposure to hazards that could result in serious injury/illness. These injuries could include; amputation, serious head or eye injuries, electric shock or serious lacerations.  

High risk work environments require at least one First Aider for up to 25 workers and two for every 26-50 workers. This may vary depending on where the workplace is located. If it was a remote or isolated area with limited access to ambulance services, additional First Aiders would be required. 

What is a low risk workplace?

A low risk workplace is where there is no exposure to hazards that can result in serious injury. These workplaces could include; offices, banks, libraries and retail shops. 

In addition, low risk work places require one First Aider for every 10-50 workers and two for 50-51 workers.

The benefits of completing a First Aid course

Even though completing First Aid training is not always a requirement, it is an important thing to do. A First Aid course teaches you how to administer lifesaving First Aid when you’re faced with emergency situations. This could be within your workplace, at home or even down the street.

In addition, being certified in First Aid when applying for jobs will be beneficial and look good on your resume. Especially if you’re applying for high-risk roles. 

First Aid training isn’t a requirement for all jobs, but…

Yes, First Aid training is important, however it isn’t a requirement for all job roles. If you’re applying to work in a high risk environment, first aid training will often be a pre-requisite. Whereas low risk workplaces such as offices and retail shops won’t require it. In addition, each work place must have a minimum of one First Aider depending on how many staff there are. 

Jobs such as; lifeguards, nannies, childcare workers and school teachers will most commonly require you to have completed First Aid training. As well as a range of other similar roles. Having your certification in First Aid will always benefit you when looking for work. Even if you’re applying for jobs that don’t require it. 

Lastly, if you’re wanting to obtain your First Aid certification and undertake First Aid training you can enrol or enquire online today!

Cocktails… a ‘fancy’ alcoholic beverage that most people enjoy to drink, but not so much make. Drinking cocktails is easy enough to do, however making them is a different story. It can be a very slow process if you’ve never made a cocktail before. One shot, two shot, ice… what’s next?

If you love drinking cocktails, it could be fair to say you’d probably enjoy working in a cocktail bar too (maybe). When applying for jobs within bars, whether that be cocktail bars or your typical pub bar, a lot will require you to have cocktail making experience. But what if you don’t have experience or don’t know how to make a cocktail? Well, that can be easily fixed with a few simple steps that will be covered below.

What does it take to work in a cocktail bar?

Firstly, before you learn how to make a cocktail you want to learn how to be the best bartender. The art of cocktail making is important, however so is the customer service that goes with it.

Bar work can require certain traits in a person. Working behind a bar can mean working with people who have been drinking. This can sometimes mean heavily intoxicated people and rowdy people. Which at times can be difficult to handle. Here are some of the main traits you will need when working within a bar.

Patience

Working in a bar can be both fun and testing, but it does require patience. You will constantly be working around alcohol and intoxicated people. Some people become rowdy, overly confident and loud when they drink. Alcohol affects everyone differently and you will need patience to be able to handle this.

People Person

Bar work requires you to be a people person as you will be working around new people every day. To be a successful bartender you will need to be able to engage with customers. Customers will often want to talk, this could be about their life, their problems or anything topical. You don’t necessarily have to have conversations with them, however it’s best to show some interest and acknowledge what they’re saying.

Passionate

Being passionate about your work will show through your performance and most importantly, the cocktails and drinks you make. As well as your customer service. If you’re not passionate about your job it will more than likely reflect on your customers and your performance. Which is not what you or your employee will want. 

A sense of humour

If you’ve been around intoxicated people before you would probably know what they can be like sometimes. When working in a bar it’s best to have some sort of sense of humour, or at least not take everything seriously. Plus, customers will often love to be able to have a laugh with staff. Especially regular customers.

Time to talk about cocktail making

Now that we’ve covered the basic traits of cocktail bartending, let’s learn how to make a cocktail. Or to be more precise, the steps to take to learn how to make a cocktail.

Becoming a great cocktail bartender and making the best cocktails can take time. Firstly you want to start off by learning how to make the classic well-known cocktails. Such as; Espresso Martini, Mojito, Pina Colada, Long Island Iced Tea, Margarita and more. 

In addition, a great way to learn how to make cocktails is to take a cocktail course. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to prepare and serve a range of cocktails. As well as help you to land a job within a cocktail bar.

The basic tools needed to make a cocktail

Measure/Jigger

The first tool needed, even though not all bartenders would use this tool, is a jigger. Experienced bartenders may not use this tool as they’re used to free pouring. However, as a beginner you should definitely use a jigger. A jigger is a measuring tool that is used to measure liquid. This is an important tool as balance is important when making cocktails. You don’t want to have too much or too little of something as it will throw off the whole drink. 

Shaker

The shaker is a simple yet important tool. This tool is required for any drink that needs to be mixed/shaken. The most common shaker that bartenders use is a Boston shaker. 

Strainer

The next important tool is a strainer. Some shakers may come with a built in strainer and some may not. A strainer is to be used after shaking a drink, it helps to ensure that all fruits and herbs don’t end up in the final product. Simply place the strainer on top of the shaker whilst pouring the drink into a glass.  

Bar Spoon

A simple, yet very important tool. A bar spoon is a metal spoon with a long and spiral handle that is used for stirring drinks. Some bar spoons will also have a handle on the end which is used to muddle herbs.

Time to start making cocktails

Now that you know all the basics of cocktail bartending service as well as the basic tools to make a cocktail, it’s time to learn how to make one! Although there are plenty of books and articles with step to step guides on how to make a cocktail. The best way to learn is by completing a cocktail course (Prepare and Serve Cocktails). This will not only give you that hands on practice with a qualified trainer. But, also provide you with a nationally recognised training certificate. Which will be beneficial when it comes to applying for jobs. You may not have that on the job experience yet, but you’ll be as close to it as you can get! 

Furthermore, HITsa Training and Employment offer a Prepare and Serve Cocktails Courseenrol online today. Most importantly, if you’re looking to work behind a bar you will need to complete your RSA course first.

Lastly, if you’re looking for work check out our online jobs board where you can find a range of; hospitality, security, admin and aged care jobs.

Becoming a Chef may seem like an easy choice of career path. However, chef requirements can be demanding and may not be what you expect. Taking part in a Commercial Cookery course will assist you in becoming a chef and landing your first job within the industry. However, to hold a trades based profession as a chef you will also need to complete a chef apprenticeship. Chef apprenticeships will generally be for a nominal period of 4 years, with your off job training completed in 3 years. Although, there are many Chef duties and responsibilities to learn before landing your first job. You will need to learn; safe food handling skills, hygiene regulations, how to demonstrate cooking techniques, prepare and cook food and coach others in job skills. As well as how to clean kitchen premises and much more.

Additionally, the hospitality industry is a fast and ever evolving environment. If you love to travel, becoming a chef could be a great way to do just that whilst working at the same time. As a chef you could work in restaurants, aged care facilities, on cruise ships or even open your own restaurant. However, these chef jobs require certain skills and knowledge. Here is some information, tips and tricks to guide you through how to become a chef.

What is a Chef?

Most commonly, a chef is a professional cook that has completed a Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery or Certificate 4. This course provides training in all aspects of food preparation and service. The role of a chef within a kitchen will differ depending on their title. General requirements of a chef is to oversee the cooking and preparation of food within a kitchen. As well as working within a team and making sure all food is prepared quickly and to the highest of standards. Chef careers can range through a variety of specialisations such as; chef de cuisine, chef de partie, commis chef, demi chef de partie or a sous chef.

Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery

A Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery provides a pathway to becoming a cook where you could work in a variety of organisations including; hotels, clubs, restaurants, aged care facilities and cafes. Generally this course is completed through an apprenticeship arrangement where you earn and learn at the same time. By completing a chef apprenticeship you are gaining on the job experience and opening doors to a long term chef career. Furthermore, HITsa training and employment offer the Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery through a chef apprenticeship pathway.

Land your first job as a Chef

To land your first job within a kitchen you need to know what the employer is looking for. Most employers will require you to submit a cover letter, resume and proof that you have chef qualifications. While some may require you to have a minimum amount of prior experience within the industry. Employers will also look to hire depending on the restaurant, cuisine and dining style. In other instances, the employer may simply be looking for some of the following qualities in their chef.

Patience

Obtaining a chef career requires patience. Working in hospitality can be demanding, fast paced and sometimes messy. Meals can be missed and customers can be disappointed or difficult to please. Given this, you may be working during a busy period and be required to replace a meal, this would generally need to be done straight away (pushing other meals back). As a result you would need patience so that flow in the kitchen can run smoothly.

Organised

You will need to show great organisational skills to become a chef. Kitchens have high expectations and you need to be able to provide food quickly and concisely. Additionally, some chef requirements that include organisational skills are; ordering food, preparing food for service, dating food and storing food. Following a set routine is a great way to stay organised in a kitchen.

Decision Making

Being able to make decisions quickly and confidently is a great quality to have if you’re wanting to become a chef. Chefs are required to make decisions on whether food is safe to eat, in date and cooked properly. As well as deciding on how much and what food will need to be ordered. Ensuring that you do not over order to avoid wastage. Furthermore, chefs often need to make crucial, quick and important decisions.

Multitask

When working in a kitchen you need to be able to multitask. Being able to multitask will help during food service as you’re able to do more than one thing at a time. Especially during busy periods. In addition, some dishes may also require the use of a grill, fryer or oven. Therefore you will need to be able to work on all aspects of the dish so that everything is ready at the same time. Although this is not always the case, depending on how many kitchen staff you are working with.

Creative

Being creative is an important quality to have when working as a chef. It’s important that you are able to be creative when putting together a menu, thinking of daily specials or thinking of new dishes. Combining flavours and creating interesting dishes is what customers love. Being able to create something different and unique is always a noticeable aspect for restaurants.

Kick start your career

To become a chef you need to learn how to prep different food, food hygiene and safety and how to work within a team. Along with a wide range of other skills. Completing a Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery is a great way to learn these skills and work towards becoming a chef. However, completing this course under an apprenticeship arrangement is highly recommended. This will provide you with on the job experience and the possibility of a long term chef career upon completion.

Completing a commercial cookery course will also open job opportunities within restaurants, cafes, aged care facilities, cruise ships and more. Try this commercial cookery course through HITsa Training and Employment and kick start your career today. Remember the key qualities in becoming an excellent chef are; patience, organised, decision making, creative and multitasking.