Youth initiative working at Hard Rock Cafe

Jun 8, 2016    

Work ready, skilled and fully insured HSC students become a free pair of hands assisting business and strengthening our economy.

Proof is evident at the Hard Rock Café, Darling Harbour.

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For the past four years they have been offering valuable work placements to Year 11 and 12 students who are studying either Hospitality or Business Services as part of their Higher School Certificate.

A successful placement is a mandatory requirement of the HSC so student motivation levels are high.

Jess Logan, Sales & Events Coordinator, sees great value in the program.  “We recruit students, at no cost, to assist with our busy workload and get to identify students with potential.  It’s the best way to interview.”

Jess offers five students, each week, the opportunity to put the skills they have learnt in the classroom to good use in the Hard Rock Café.  Two students work in the prep kitchen slicing, dicing, cutting vegetables, preparing sauces and portioning.  Two students work ‘front of house’, setting and clearing tables, seating customers and hosting.

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Ryan Pasaporte (left), Jacob Al-Kahil from East Hills Boys High School

with Receiving Manager & Prep Supervisor Wayne Kinsmore (centre)

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L to R: Operations Manager Brie Slaviero, Sales & Events Coordinator Jess Logan,

Selin Aydin and Nour Mohamad from Granville South Creative & Performing Arts High

One student, each week, assists in the office, entering data into excel spreadsheets, invoicing, filing and general office duties.  Jess will even tailor the work to suit the student.

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Tazmyn-Rose Locklier from Strathfield South High School

Jess adds “We treat the students the same way we treat our staff.  Should someone be late they are disciplined.  It teaches them basic work and life skills.  There are many positive outcomes and they even bring us business.  The students enjoy their time here and come back with their family and friends to experience the Hard Rock Café as a customer.  We couldn’t recommend the work placement program highly enough.”

The work placement is funded by the NSW Department of Education and organised by MWLP – Linking Youth.  This year they will place some 6,800 students into businesses.

One of MWLP’s Business Consultants, Michael Everett (former Chef and Business Owner), totally endorses the program.  Michael says “It’s great to see students getting value from a placement and Hard Rock Café shows the students a good time whilst teaching them the realities of the Hospitality environment.  While work placement can take up some of your staff’s time, host employers really can benefit from this program by looking at it as a week-long interview with future employees.”

Students are also interested in other areas such as:  Automotive, Construction, Electro technology, Entertainment, Human Services, Information Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

For more information please call MWLP on 4625 1863 or visit

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