ProStart hospitality training programme

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Do you need work-ready staff who are keen to learn? Do you struggle finding them? A ProStart recruit could be for you!

The Restaurant Association is committed to assisting our member employers who are challenged to find people with the right skill set to enter our industry. In partnership with the Ministry of Social Development, our ProStart programme introduces students to the basics of hospitality. They graduate with a great attitude, basic skills and a desire for a career in hospitality.

It is widely recognised in the industry that there is currently a skill shortage of key hospitality staff. Through ProStart we are working on a long term solution. We train beneficiaries over four weeks to ready them for work (or get them back into work) in hospitality, with an overall goal of employment upon completion. The training provided by the Restaurant Association is employer driven and has been created in consultation with the hospitality industry and it’s needs. Trainee participants gain valuable insight into a career in the hospitality industry and gain key skills for entering employment and further education in our industry. We designed this course to reflect the key skill set required for job seekers in our industry – it is practical and hands on learning.


An introduction to:

  • Hospitality
  • Customer service
  • Food safety training
  • Barista training
  • Food preparation
  • Beverage service


  • Targeted services:
  • A recruitment service
  • Matched candidates
  • Work ready graduates
  • Ongoing support
  • Frequent contact
  • Mentoring

Our learners graduate the programme having learned and experienced a variety of roles in the food and beverage and kitchen sectors. However our main focus of the programme is to graduate students who have the right attitude about working and the drive to learn, as well as basic hospitality skills.

Upon completion we actively help to recruit the graduates into employment and our programme will continue in the form of pastoral care and mentorship in the first 6 months of their employment.

Are you interested in talking with a ProStart graduate? Call us today on 0800 737 827 to discuss or email


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