Hospitality Pre-employment Program
Get a ‘hotstart’ to your hospitality career
One week of pre- employment training
One week of work experience
Sign into an ASBA
About Hotstart
‘Hotstart’ is an innovative hospitality pre-employment and WEX/ASBA placement program open to all ACT students in years 10, 11 and 12.
The program has been developed by Access Recognised Training (ACCESS) in partnership with the ACT Government and a collection of major ACT hospitality employers, ACT schools and OzHarvest.
How does it work?
The ‘Hotstart’ program has three components:

The first component of the ‘Hotstart’ program involves students undertaking one-week of
face-to-face pre-employment training delivered at one of our partner schools. The
pre-employment training program will give students a ‘taste’ of front and back of house
hospitality activities and prepare them for the realities of the workplace.

On the final day of the pre-employment training students will be directly involved in a
OzHarvest ‘Cook for a Cause’ event. This will involve students working with chefs from our
partner organisations to prepare rescued food for delivery to the OzHarvest network.

On successful completion of the pre-employment training all participants will receive a
voucher to complete an ACT approved online Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course.


The second component of the program involves students undertaking an optional week-long work
experience (WEX) placement with a ‘Hotstart’ partner organisation. WEX placements will be
arranged as per the ACT Work Experience Program Guidelines & Requirements 2012 and in
consultation with the school, program coordinator and WEX Host employer.

Students that accept the WEX option will be given the choice of the type of hospitality
organisation and whether they would prefer a front of house or back of house WEX placement
e.g Hotel – wait staff  or Restaurant/cafe – cook.


The third component of the program involves the opportunity for students to enrol into an
ASBA pathway in either a Certificate III in Hospitality or Certificate III in Commercial
Cookery. The normal ASBA process will apply for all students presented with the opportunity
to undertake an ASBA i.e involvement from all stakeholders (employer, student, parent,
school  and RTO).

This project receives funding support from the ACT and Australian Governments through the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program, under the National Partnership on the Skilling Australia Fund. Hotstart Contact: Mr Paul Butler