With titanic ambitions, young Bega student and resident Kye Dewberry is set to take on The World, literally.
At the tender age of 16-years-old, Kye knew at the age of 11 that he wanted to work on the private luxurious yacht, The World.
With already 17 cruises under his belt for leisure and work experience, Kye’s level of determination and ability is only paralleled by his love of cruising.
“When I was on my first cruise at the age of 11 with Mum and Dad, I went to the shows and I was really interested in the way they did things so I talked to the Cruise Director. Then on my second cruise I did some research and got heaps of contacts.”
“I just love meeting new people; everyone enjoys themselves on cruises,” he said.
“When I was 14, Mum and Dad told me the only way to go on a Hawaii cruise with them was if I paid for myself so I got a job doing dishes and cooking light meals. That’s why I wanted to do the Hospitality course,” says Kye.
Kye studied Certificate II in Hospitality with TAFE NSW Bega during Year 10 and Year 11 as a School Based Trainee and is now studying Certificate III in Tourism as an EVET student while he is doing his HSC.
“TAFE is really good. If I hadn’t studied at TAFE, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities,” says Kye.
Michael Burbidge, Hospitality teacher in Commercial Cookery would have liked his class to be full of inspirational and dedicated students like Kye.
“He was well focussed on what he was studying. Kye was always determined to do tourism because he wanted to be as skilled as he could in all areas. We like to make sure our students are trained in as many areas as possible,” says Mr Burbidge.
“Kye is very mature for a young lad and a great communicator. His ambition can take him places and give him the ability to network with so many like-minded people,” he said.
Kye has had work experience opportunities across several international cruising organisations which has only heightened his level of inspiration.
“I’ve already planned a cruise on Ovation for my 18th birthday next year to New Zealand.”
Debbie Meers, Tourism Teacher thinks Kye is extremely well suited to the industry and has the X factor specifically for the growing cruise industry.
“Kye is an incredibly self-motivated, goal orientated young man. He’s an absolute delight to teach and an invaluable member of my Tourism class,” says Ms Meers.
“He’s already completed work experience with P&O Cruises in Sydney and he’s currently participating in work placement with Cruise Eden to welcome international and domestic passengers.”
“He’s well and truly exceeded the required work placement hours because he’s passionate about gaining experience and networks for the future. Kye’s already highly regarded in the tourism industry,” she said.
Kye had the opportunity to go onboard The World when it docked in Eden for a two-hour tour and meet and greet.
“They explained a great deal about their operations and the high level of service that they provide which only inspired him more to work towards that goal. Kye’s a great role model and mentor,” says Ms Meers.
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