PAYCE Foundation social enterprise Kick Start has launched an innovative post-graduate hospitality program for high achievers.

Kick Start post-graduates Rose Ann Pilac and  Jordan Balding. Photo: Sean O’Sullivan

The six-month program will provide Kick Start graduates with additional training and leadership experience.

It will be offered to two graduates who will work as supervisors at a dedicated training site.

The PAYCE Foundation established Kick Start in 2014, to give young people a chance to get on-the-job experience and training in hospitality.

Kick Start operates a fleet of food trailers located on construction sites across Sydney.

In April, a record 23 young adults completed the Kick Start program and are now on track to a brighter future.

PAYCE Foundation Social Impact Manager Reyna Flynn said the post graduate trainees will receive additional support from the Kick Start management team.

“With two participants in the program, working side by side, they will be able to support each other, work to each other’s strengths and be able to problem solve and deal with issues together,’’ she said.

“Once participants have reached a desired level, there will be opportunities to utilise their skills by covering additional shifts at events and gaining more experience at other sites.

“Graduates will then be able to transition to more senior roles within the hospitality industry, or into available and suitable Kick Start Cafe Manager roles.’’

Kick Start post-graduate Jordan Balding said: “I am learning the more technical side of being in the trailer and becoming more competent.”

“The number one thing I have learnt is that hard work really does pay off.’’

Rose Ann Pilac said she was also enjoying the post graduate opportunity.

“I am very happy that I am here and learning the supervising training.’’

PAYCE Foundation Director Dominic Sullivan said Kick Start was delivering outstanding opportunities to young people keen to forge a career in hospitality.

“The post-graduate program is a bold step forward to give our best graduates the chance to leap-frog into a management role,’’ he said.