Cornell students punch above their weight at the Parker fight

Cornell students punch above their weight at the Parker fight


Top fight by Joseph Parker and top support by the Cornell hospitality students at the recent boxing event held at the Trust Stadium on 15th of October.

This was billed as one of the biggest sporting events to be held in recent years within the boxing profession. The pressure was on to make sure that those who paid top dollar to attend the heavy weight battle were well looked after and that the food and service was at the highest quality.

The Cornell Education Group again worked in support of the Flametree Kitchen catering company to provide skilled junior staff for both the kitchen operation and the front of house customer service. Over 30 staff members were provided by iCareer, the careers support department at Cornell Institute based in Auckland CBD. The roles covered by the Cornell trainees included food preparation, plating of entrees, mains and desserts, along with beverage service for a seated audience of over 1200 people. The night proved to be a success for the organisers and service was a star performance.

Troy Reid the General Manger of Flametree Kitchen commented on the Cornell students, “Another great event delivered – again the student team did a top job, this one was hard work, my thanks to those who worked, great to have them as part of the service team as they helped to make the night a wonderful success from our perspective.”


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Cornell Education Group partners with Flame tree Kitchen

Cornell Education Group partners with Flametree Kitchen

Since the third quarter of 2015 The Cornell Institute has collaborated with the number one preferred catering company at Auckland University – Flametree Kitchen. The company looks after the functions and catering needs of the university faculties.  This requires a variety of skilled food production and customer service staff. Recently the University has been conducting the spring graduation ceremonies and this has meant large numbers of staff on specific dates. Cornell has stepped up to provide over 20 personnel to support the Flametree operations. The student recruitment has been generated out of iCareer, the careers support department at Cornell, which is focussed on creating opportunities for the Institute’s student population.

Troy Reid, the general manager of Flametree Kitchen, along with Carlos Atkinson the executive chef, visited Cornell in October to award a prize and certificates to the outstanding student staff during this very busy period of the year. Tiffany Lai the recipient of the main prize delightfully comments “I has been a great opportunity to work for a very supportive company such as Flametree and I learnt a lot from the experienced staff during the functions”.

We look forward to developing this job support program further with Flametree Kitchen – watch this space.

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Expansion of The Cornell Education Group

Expansion of The Cornell Education Group (TCEG)

TCEG is pleased to announce that it has purchased Wilkinson’s English Language School (WELS) currently located in Christchurch. This school deservedly holds a NZQA Category One rating based on the External Evaluation and Review conducted in June 2013. The EER team was Highly Confident in the educational performance and Confident in the capability in self-assessment of WELS.

The first sentence of the statement of confidence on educational performance maintained that “there is good evidence that most of WELS’s learners and other stakeholders are achieving their goals and gaining valued outcomes.” The statement of confidence on capability in self-assessment opened with the sentence “WELS was able to demonstrate to the evaluation team that it is collecting useful information to assess key processes and practices and is using the information to plan, implement and evaluate improvements.” Such statements illustrate the high quality of WELS and TCEG looks forward to the future with confidence, secure in the knowledge that this addition to the Cornell group will strengthen it.

Some of WELS’s courses will be operated from centres where the Cornell group has campuses and some of Cornell’s courses will be offered in Christchurch. This arrangement is significant as English language students in Auckland will now be able to work up to 20 hours a week just as Diploma students have been able to do for a number of years. TCEG welcomes this as an opportunity for its students to be able to gain employment.