Culinary, Hospitality and Baking

Hospitality is a thriving industry, both here and worldwide, offering huge career potential for people who love creating great experiences for customers. Whether you're the barista in a local café or a concierge for an international hotel chain, working in hospitality is fast-paced, people-focused and has new challenges every day.

When it comes to culinary careers, New Zealand chefs are spoiled for choice with the freshest quality produce right at our door. Baking is also booming, with spectacular pastry creations and traditional favourites now firmly back in fashion. In the world of hotels and accommodation, trained professionals are always in demand for a range of roles in business operations and providing outstanding service.

Subject areas

Potential Jobs

There are shortages of people in these jobs which means the chances of getting are job are good.

JobAverage salary»

- Chefs

- Head chefs

$16-$25 per hour

$22-$49 per hour

- Trainee baker

- Qualified baker

$33K-$35K per year

$35K-$67K per year

Café and Restaurants
- Duty managers

- General Managers

$16-$20 per hour

$18-$24 per hour

Hotel and Accommodation
- Hotel Manager

- Motel Manager

$38K-$200K per year

$40K-$90K per year

Vacancies for these roles are common but competition is strong, so chances of getting a job are average.

JobAverage salary»

Hotel and Accommodation
- Porter

- Receptionist

$16-$19 per hour

$35K-$50K per year

»Sourced from January 2018

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have the on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money, but also help you to complete your qualification faster.

To learn more about what our programmes can offer you, view our available programmes by subject area, or make an appointment to speak with us on 0800 62 62 52 or email

Why choose MIT?

In our School of Hospitality and Tourism we take your training beyond the classroom and into the real world. Our licensed bar and restaurant, barista training café, bakery, food production and training kitchens, simulated hotel and motel bedroom suites, conference facilities and reception area allow you to learn your craft in authentic working environments.

Some programmes include industry placement in real workplaces, and we are able to help you seek and secure part-time employment. We also partner with recruitment specialists Hospoworld, who work one-on-one with our students to find a job for when they graduate that fits their experience, skills and the industry culture they are seeking.

At MIT, our programmes offer a dynamic combination of industry knowledge and practical job skills which are taught in a friendly and supportive environment.