Inaugural Hospitality Boot Camp Training Leads to Jobs

Last October, San Francisco Supervisor London Breed’s office contacted the Office of Economic & Workforce Development (OEWD) to address the employment needs of residents in her district (District 5), specifically the Western Addition. OEWD then contacted City College of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association to partner on the creation of a two-week Hospitality Boot Camp, involving clients enrolled in the Success Center in District 5.

The Boot Camp was held February 15 through February 26 with all day classes graciously hosted at 1300 on Fillmore. City College developed a curriculum targeting front of house jobs, teaching skills needed to be a busser, barista, host, and runner.

The program graduated a solid group of 9 people after the two weeks. On the graduation date, GGRA invited member restaurants to participate in a meet and greet, where Boot Camp graduates would have a chance to talk about their experience, while restaurants had a chance to meet potential staff. Participating restaurants included the Stinking Rose, Ichi Sushi, The Grove Restaurants, Pacific Catch, the Mina Group, Souvla, and Bacchus Management.

From the 9 San Francisco residents who graduated the Boot Camp on February 26, four had interviews with a few of the employers who attended the graduation meet and greet event. Today, we know that at least one person has already been hired by the Stinking Rose as a host.

This is an exciting first step, and the Boot Camp template is now ready to move to other districts in support of the residents and neighborhood access points. The next Boot Camp is tentatively scheduled to begin in June, potentially in District 10, in the Bayview/Hunter’s Point neighborhoods. We will keep you posted!

If you have any questions or interest in participating in future Boot Camps, contact Donnalyn or call 415-781-5350.

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