Ignite Education celebrates 20 years in the Vocational Education Training Sector this month as Principal Jane Renata eyes look to the future.

Initially named Currumbin RSL College of Hospitality, Ignite Education provides a range of qualifications and learning opportunities including school based traineeships which can translate into a multitude of pathways for other tertiary courses or job placements.

Over the past 20 years Ignite Education has worked with over 22,000 students and offered 355 traineeships in both the hospitality and tourism sectors.

Anne Stovin, now Chief Executive Officer for Currumbin RSL, was the original Principal at the College and was responsible for establishing the direction for the College.

“It was a huge leap back in the 1990’s for an RSL to branch out and establish a Vocational Education Training company, but as history has demonstrated the Board of Currumbin RSL was visionary as Ignite Education has grown to become one of the most trusted training organisations on the Gold Coast. It is a real testament to the team at the College to be celebrating 20 years in such a rapidly changing industry,” Mrs Stovin said.

The College has affiliations with many hospitality and tourism venues covering the Gold Coast as well as assisting external students from a variety of non-hospitality-based fields through its doors. One such student is Aaron Prout, General Manager of an international information technology organisation.

“I participated in the College’s ‘Effective Management Certificate IV Diploma of Management’ course which taught me better ways to formulate management agendas. However, the best aspect of the course was that it provided a holistic approach to management by teaching me styles in dealing with different personality types.  Applying this has allowed me to leverage the best from my staff and in dealing with our clients at large.” Says Aaron

Another past student is Robyn Salk who had an army background decided to change career and studied a Certificate III Guarantee program the Certificate III in Hospitality at Ignite in 2014.

Part of this qualification required Robyn to complete industry work experience to graduate and she did this with Currumbin RSL.  The RSL quickly identified that Robyn was an outstanding student and offered her employment.  She then completed the Mentoring and Supervision Course and is now a Restaurant Supervisor in the Club’s multi award winning restaurant, Alleys Restaurant and Bar. Better still, Robyn is now currently completing a Diploma of Hospitality Management with the College.

With changes in the way education is delivered Ignite Education Principal Jane Renata is excited about the future.

“Here at Ignite Education we have seen many changes over the last 20 years in training especially with the introduction of ASQA in 2011 which has made our industry more accountable to deliver quality products and ensure the general public have confidence in RTO’s.  We are dedicated to continue to provide trusted quality industry relevant training to see us into the next 20 years!” Mrs Renata said.

To help celebrate Ignite Educations 20th Birthday they are encouraging present and past students to join them on Facebook and share their memories from their time at the College. It may be a message a photo or even a video wishing the College happy birthday.

For information about the College and the courses they offer visit www.ignite.edu.au and to share your stories follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/igniteedu