New passion, new skills for Perth chef
Geoffrey Franklin’s journey to a professional chef at Crown Perth started with the purchase of a run-down fish and chip shop in 2010.
Realising he loved cooking and serving food, he turned the business into a thriving eatery before selling the business and enrolling in a Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) at Polytechnic West.
He started an Australian Apprenticeship with Crown Perth several months later at age 49.
“Learning relevant skills on the job and at TAFE improved my future career prospects,” Geoffrey said.
“The TAFE lecturers and the chefs at work had a wealth of knowledge and experience which, combined with my own tenacity, ensured a successful training outcome.”
Geoffrey completed several rotations during his Australian Apprenticeship, experiencing different restaurants including a noodle bar, premium buffet and an exclusive restaurant.
After completing his qualification in 2014, Geoffrey went on to win the Western Australian Apprentice of the Year title and was a finalist at the Australian Training Awards.
“As a mature-aged student in my 50s, the ability to learn new skills while still earning a wage was a key benefit,” he said.
“I gained a qualification, created wonderful future job prospects and boosted my self-confidence.
“My story proves that it is never too late to learn new skills and I hope it can inspire people in a similar situation to me.”