What does this Program Offer?
- Sector job readiness training
- Internships and job placement assistance
- Transitional employment opportunities
- Assistance with employment portfolio development
- Resume and interviewing workshops
- VESL and computer literacy coursework
- Access to employer networks
- Industry-recognized credentials and certifications
- Contextualized training in food services, guest services, maintenance, and building safety
Qualifications to join
- Age 18 years or older
- Authorized to work in the U.S.
- Unemployed and/or underemployed
*Please note that each training track has its own eligiblity requirements.
- Bartending & Table Waiting: 10 weeks of coursework
- CHEFS Culinary: 7 months of coursework
- Chinese Cooking: 10 weeks of coursework
- Culinary Academy: 36 weeks of coursework
- Culinary Basic Arts: 200 hours of coursework
- Western Cooking: 18 weeks of coursework
- Employment Pathway (Lobby Services) Program: 3 weeks of coursework
- Janitorial Maintenance: 4 months of coursework
- STEP Security Training: 1 day of intensive coursework
What careers does this program prepare me for?
- Culinary: Prep Cooks, Line Cooks, Back-of-House Employment
- Food Services: Barback, Table Waiting, Barista, Front-of-House Employment
- Guest Services: Front Desk
- Facility and Building Maintenance: Janitorial, Housekeeper, Security Guard
How to get started
- Attend an orientation session for more information on the Hospitality Sector and get connected to a training track and/or employment services. Orientation sessions are listed on the Hospitality Initiative Flyer.
- Download the Hospitality Resource Guide. This invaluable resource covers the Hospitality Initiative services, details the sector and subsectors that are in demand and growning, provides useful information on industry job search, and discusses customer service.
- Download the Hospitality Initiative Flyer:
Background Information about the Program
The Hospitality Initiative, launched in 2011, was designed to effectively coordinate training and employment resources that support the growth of a diverse and well-qualified hospitality sector workforce in San Francisco. In support of this goal are the following objectives: To prepare San Francisco residents for training and employment opportunities in the hospitality sector; to fulfill hiring needs of hospitality sector employers with qualified candidates that are job ready, posess the skills and abilities to perform job duties, and hold knowledge and passion for the industry; to educate workforce system service providers and jobseekers about the hospitality industry and to provide them with relevant and current information on connecting to jobs, careers, and/or relevant training.
Industry partnerships play a critical role in establishing sector programming. Collaborative partners include San Francischo Hotel Council (and affiliated members), Golden Gate Restaurant Association (and affiliated members), San Francisco Travel, Moscone Center, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco Unified School District, Unite Here Local 2, and community based organizations and industry employers.