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About Whitelion New South Wales 

Whitelion has been supporting young people in New South Wales since 2009.

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Hospitality Employment Program

Hospitality Employment Program (HEP) is aimed at supporting young people aged 16-24 years to engage in post school training and employment opportunities. It is widely researched that young people aged 16-25 years have an incresed risk of disengagement in education and employment. This then impacts their ability to participate and engage in creative activities such as education and employment during a crititcal stage of their life. The flow on effects of this can be lifelong on the young person as it decreases their ability to gain skills and build their capacity to function as a positive contributor to not only the wider community but also in the ability to meet their own individual needs. 

  • accredited training in hospitality
  • employment skill building workshops
  • assistance to secure paid employment
Program Eligibility
Young people aged 16-24 who have experienced barriers to employment such as exiting juvenile justice, homelessness, experience in out-of-home care or long-term unemployment.
· Be aged 16 – 24 at time of registration
· Currently not engaged in employment, education, or training
· Have formally left school
· Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, Humanitarian Visa Holder (including Refugee and Humanitarian Visa categories)
· Have multiple and complex barriers to employment and at risk of not entering the workforce
· Must be living in Penrith, Mt Druitt, St Mary’s or Blacktown
SKILLED PROGRAM – visit this link -

Certificate III in Hospitality

-Accredited training

-Hands on café experience

-Intensive support and mentoring during the program

-Employment Placement Support

-RSA/RCG and Food Safety Certificates


DURATION: Commitment of up to 12 months during the program

COST: Must be Smart and Skilled eligible

Make a referral for support

If you have any questions or want to discuss further, please call Mel on 0481 172 640 or


Are you a young person who would like support with employment in Blacktown, St Mary or Penrith?


Get Involved 

Provide an employment opportunity to a young person in the Blacktown, St Marys and Penrith local area. Email

If It Wasn’t For This Coffee

If It Wasn’t For This Coffee Café (IIWFTC) a social enterprise Cafe, located at 9 Ayres Grove Mt Druitt (The Hub/Library Building). 

IIWFTC has two focus areas:
  1. Providing a quality Café and Catering services to the community of Mt Druitt:
    With competitive pricing, quality food and specialty coffee, the Café is a safe and welcoming place. We pride ourselves on great service and delicious coffee. Every purchase made at IIWFTC supports Whitelion to engage at risk youth in our local community, therefore supporting a wider social impact.
  2. Whitelion supports young people that are in our programs to offer work experience, on the job training and ultimately support into paid employment. When a young person completes a period of employment with IIWFTC they will be placed with our employment partners.

For more information please contact: 

If It Wasn't For This Coffee | Whitelion Australia (

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9 Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt New South Wales 2770 ·

(02) 8886 2005


Hospitality Employment Program (HEP)

Hospitality Employment Program (HEP) is aimed at supporting young people aged 16-24 years to engage in post school training and employment opportunities. Young people are supported to complete Certificate III Hospitality, gain employment and receive up to 26 weeks employment support.  


To be eligible young people should be:

  • 16-24 years not in school or training
  • not currently working
  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Humanitarian Visa Holder
  • Experiencing complex barriers to employment
  • Living in Western Sydney 
  • Smart and Skilled eligible

 0431 220 542 or email

Program Supporter: 

Barrington Group Australia