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HEAT Program

Kick-start your hospitality career.

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  • Learn real-world skills begin your career in hospitality.
  • Work towards a nationally recognised hospitality qualification.
  • Work with your teacher and youth worker in a supportive environment to plan and prepare for your future career.
  • A new program commences in Term 1 and Term 3 each school year.

The HEAT (Hospitality Employment and Training) program, with Guy Grossi as its patron, is an innovative and practical hospitality re-engagement program.

The program supports young people aged 15 to 25 to work towards an accredited training qualification in hospitality. It is also a chance to prepare for the world of work, or further education.

What you'll get from us

The HEAT program is delivered over six months, and provides a supportive environment that addresses long-term barriers to learning and development. Our engaging programs look beyond ordinary education and place a focus on the wellbeing of students.

You'll complete the program with increased confidence, self-esteem, solid employability skills and a strong vocational pathway.

This Centrelink-approved program includes a MYKI card, as well as all food, equipment, chef uniform and excursions. This is all delivered at no cost to the student.

The Hester Hornbrook HEAT Program consists of:

  • 6 months' full time hospitality training, Monday to Thursday 10:30am to 2:30pm in Prahran. For students willing and able, a further Certificate II Hospitality Skill Set is available on Fridays.
  • 3 days a week Certificate II Kitchen Operations (SIT20416) partial completion (back of house) delivered by William Angliss Institute.
  • 1 day a week Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) with a Hester Hornbrook Academy Educator. Here you’ll focus on personal development skills, work related skills, structured workplace learning as well as receive literacy/ numeracy support.
  • Optional 1 day a week VETis Certificate II Hospitality Skill Set (SIT20316) partial completion including Responsible Service of Alcohol and Barista Training (front of house) delivered by William Angliss Institute.

Students will remain supported by MCM and The Hester Hornbrook Academy for several months to years following completion of the HEAT Program, depending on where they are at in their VCAL/ career journey.

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (SIT20416) partial completion

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (SIT20416) partial completion is the cornerstone of HEAT, and is run by The Hester Hornbrook Academy in conjunction with William Angliss Institute and delivered over 2 terms, 3 days per week.

Throughout this accredited certificate, you will have the opportunity to learn practical skills, which will be enhanced during your work on 5 pop-up cafes open to the public. This certificate is also focused on improving students’ employability skills for the hospitality industry, including barista training.


HEAT is part of The Hester Hornbrook Academy's Prahran Campus and is conducted in the Academy's fully functioning hospitality kitchen located on the Melbourne Polytechnic site (Level 2, 140 High Street, Prahan 3181). Our location is just a short walk from Prahran station and close to Tram Numbers 6 and 78.


Step 1: Learn about the HEAT program and course details

Step 2: Check your eligibility

To be eligible to enrol you need to be:

  • between 15 and 25 years of age
  • willing to commit to classes 4 to 5 days per week
  • willing to travel Prahran

Step 3: Contact us

Please contact us on 03 9510 1799 or via email.


HEAT runs regular cafe days to provide students with valuable practical experience. Guests are invited to dine on a delicious lunch (including non-alcoholic beverages), all prepared by the HEAT students at a very reasonable cost.


HEAT Youth Worker via email.

Places are limited. Please book in advance. Dates are subject to change.

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