Work placement works as student lands job

Olyvia Milligan loves cooking and was delighted to be given the opportunity to study Hospitality as part of her Higher School Certificate whilst attending St Patrick’s College Campbelltown.

She thrived under the guidance and passion of Hospitality teacher Ms Olivia Matti and couldn’t wait to put the skills she had learnt in the classroom to good use in the workforce.

The course requires compulsory work placement and Olyvia chose to undergo her placement at Event Cinemas Campbelltown prepping meals for Gold Class patrons.

She says “Work placement gave me the opportunity to learn hands on. I really enjoyed being in an industrial kitchen. I worked with a great team who helped me. I must have impressed them because they said if they had a position available they would have offered it to me.”

“When I completed my HSC last year I contacted them and I’m now employed and working independently. I prepare, cook and deliver food to customers. There’s such a huge variety of recipes. I’ve cooked all sorts of sliders, fish & chips, calamari, salt & pepper squid, arancini balls and sundaes.”

“Having done my work placement there the transition to paid work was pretty easy. I knew the people and the work and I am loving it here.”

MWLP Linking Youth is the work placement provider that arranged for Olyvia’s work placement. Their Industry Consultant Peter Miller says “I wasn’t surprised to hear that Olyvia had been offered a job. On meeting her it was obvious she has the qualities employers look for. She is passionate, polite, skilled and mature beyond her years.”

MWLP Linking Youth works with over 70 schools and arranges some 6,000 placements per year. It is of great benefit to both the host business and the student.

About MWLP Linking Youth:

MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.

Media relations contact: Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or email

4 February 2019