Summer is just around the corner and the hospitality industry is desperate for staff. There are currently hundreds of job opportunities available in hospitality establishments across SA. If you are interested in working in a pub, now is your chance to get your foot in the door.

Working in a pub during the peak season can be great for many reasons. You meet new people every day, share the festive cheer with customers, and earn great money – especially if you work the public holidays. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

If you are interested in working in a pub, read on for some helpful tips to help you get a job.

What is the peak hospitality season?

The peak hospitality season stretches across November to March, when the weather is warmer, and people are out celebrating the festive season.

Each year the hospitality industry recruits new staff during this period, often these employees will be Uni students on break, international travellers or people looking for casual work.

All you may need is a can-do attitude and your RSA to get a job during the peak season.

The benefits of working in a pub

There is much more to working in a pub than pouring pints. The pub sector is filled with individuals who are creative, hardworking and have a passion for the industry.

Job opportunities range from bar staff, chefs, managers, waiters, and gaming attendants – the range of roles available is vast.

Pub work is exciting, fast-paced and no two days are the same. You get to form friendships with your colleagues, customers, and community, making it a social yet rewarding job.

Working in hospitality also offers the potential for career progression – if you work hard and want it.

Furthermore, whether you are wanting a casual job over Summer or looking to kickstart a long-term career – pub work could be for you!

How to secure a job for the peak season

The demand for staff over the peak hospitality season means that it could be as simple as walking into your local pub and asking for a job.

However, we highly recommend completing your RSA training first as it is a legal requirement if you want to serve, sell, or supply alcohol.

Responsible Service of Alcohol Training can be completed online or in-classroom through HITsa. The course is affordable, takes 1 day to complete, and successful completion will help you to get a job.

Interested in working the peak hospitality season?

There are many great reasons to work in a pub. You gain new skills, friends, flexibility, and have the opportunity for career progression.

Working in a pub can be for anyone – Uni students, people seeking casual employment or those interested in a long-term career.

Like previously mentioned, now is the time to get your foot in the door if you want to work in a pub!

Find an upcoming RSA course near you and enrol online today.

Need more information? Call (08) 8375 2800 and speak to our friendly and professional team today.

Summer is almost here and so is the peak hospitality season. If you’re wanting to get your foot in the door, now is the time to do so.

The world of hospitality is vibrant, lively and the opportunities to grow in the industry are limitless.

So, if you’re thinking about getting a job in hospitality, here’s why you should.

Why work in hospitality?

There are many different roles available in the hospitality industry, all offering variety, opportunities for career progression, and excitement.

You get to work with great people, meet new people every day, and form life-long friendships.

Working in hospitality also opens the door to many opportunities as you acquire global skills that could take you anywhere.

If you love variety, meeting new people, and want a job that offers great career progression – this could be the industry for you.

Types of hospitality jobs

The range of opportunities in the hospitality industry is vast, from housekeeping to managing a successful hotel. Here are some of the most common career paths you could choose.

  • Housekeeping
  • Kitchen
  • Bar
  • Gaming
  • Waitress / Waiter
  • Management

How to get a job in hospitality

Being the peak hospitality season, it could be as simple as completing a short course such as RSA training and applying for a job.

There are also many other hospitality short courses that could help you get your foot in the door.

Gaining industry knowledge and skills is a great way to prepare yourself for a job. However, having a great resume and a can-do attitude will also give you a big advantage.

Is the hospitality industry for you?

Now that you know the benefits of working in the hospitality industry and how to get a job – it’s time to get the ball rolling!

Explore our hospitality short courses and qualifications online, or call the HITsa team on (08) 8375 2800.

We frequently run hospitality courses in Salisbury and Clarence Gardens. Find an upcoming course here.

What is a short course?

A short course is a course that doesn’t take long to complete! Short courses are a great way to gain the relevant skills needed for a new career path quickly. They’re also a great way to upskill – if there’s short courses relevant/available for the industry you work in.

How long does it take to complete a short course?

The duration of a short course will differ depending on the course you’re completing. Courses can run for just a few hours to a few months. Generally, a short course will take no longer than 6 months to complete. Short courses are the fastest way to learn what you need, rather than completing a Uni degree that may take 4 years. 

What can I get from a short course?

An Adelaide short course through HITsa will provide you with specific skills and knowledge that will help you to get a job or take that next step in your career. After successful completion, you may receive a statement of attainment (like a certificate). This shows the units of competency that you have completed as part of a nationally recognised course. 

Short courses also look great on your resume!

How much does a short course cost?

Short courses are often very affordable, with some even being fully or partly subsidised through government funding. This means if eligible, the course may be cost-free, or you may only need to pay a small contribution.

Check out our Adelaide short courses online to view specific pricing.

When do I study the short course? 

Adelaide short courses through HITsa are generally run on weekdays between 9am – 5pm. Although this differs depending on the course you’re completing. 

How do I enrol? 

It’s easy! You can enrol in one of our Adelaide short courses online via our Course Dates page or call the friendly HITsa team on 08 8375 2800. 

So what are you waiting for? Kickstart your career or upskill in your current one by undertaking an Adelaide short course through HITsa

Are you interested in pursuing a career in cookery? There are many different types of chef roles, each with specific responsibilities. Learning about the different types of chefs, their salaries and what they do can help you decide what career path you want to take.

In this blog we’ve explored the different opportunities you have as a chef, as well as the most common types of chefs, their duties and their salaries in SA.

What is a chef?

A chef is a professional cook that generally works in a commercial kitchen. Some chefs focus on a specific cuisine while others specialise in certain aspects of cooking such as baking or pastry making. The role of a chef will differ depending on the type of chef they are, which will be covered below.

Executive Chef (aka Group Chef)

Executive Chefs are the very top of the kitchen management structure. They often oversee and manage all kitchen activities and ensure each chef is completing their duties on time. An Executive Chef will do very little cooking. Instead, they taste dishes before going out, review plate presentation and create menu items. Therefore, only large establishments will have an Executive Chef.

Most common salary in SA: $110k year

Head Chef

If a venue doesn’t have an Executive Chef, a Head Chef is essentially the same. A Head Chef will monitor kitchen activities, order stock, control kitchen costs and liaise with suppliers. The Head Chef will cook during service; however they will also leave day-to-day tasks for the Sous Chefs, Commis Chefs or apprentices. 

Most common salary in SA: $60k year

Sous Chef (aka second chef)

A Sous Chef is the second highest ranking in the kitchen and works directly with the Executive Chef or Head Chef. A Sous Chef will be more involved in the day-to-day running of a kitchen, while supervising kitchen staff and keeping things running smoothly. They will also fill in for the Head Chef when they are off. 

Most common salary in SA: $65k year

Chef de Partie 

A Chef de Partie is responsible for running a certain section of the kitchen, known as a station. This could include fry chef, roast chef, vegetable chef and more. Depending on how big the kitchen is and how many stations there are. 

Most common salary in SA: $55K year

Commis Chef

A Commis Chef is a junior member of the kitchen team and generally works under the Head Chef or Chef de Partie. Usually, a Commis Chef will be undertaking cookery training or had recently finished.

Most common salary in SA: $55K year

Interested in becoming a chef?

As a commercial chef you can work across a variety of venues including pubs, clubs, hotels, cruise ships, 5 star restaurants and more. Commercial cookery also has the potential for huge career growth. Start as a Commis Chef and work your way up to an Executive Chef. The opportunities are endless!

Furthermore, Kick start your career as a chef with a Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery through HITsa. This qualification is available through an apprenticeship pathway, setting yourself up for a long-term career. Enquire online today or call the friendly HITsa team on 8375 2800.

Annual salary information was sourced from Seek

Whether you’re planning to go to Uni and need some extra cash while on break, or you’re going feet first into the workforce. Here’s some great jobs for school leavers! 

Bar Attendant

Since school generally ends at the start of the peak hospitality season, there are more bar attendant jobs available. Bar attendants can work in a range of venues from pubs, clubs, cocktail bars to cruise ships. If you enjoy customer service and meeting new people each day, this could be the school leaver job for! 

However, to work in a bar you need to be 18 and have your RSA certificate. You can undertake RSA training and gain your ticket through HITsa – it only takes 1 day to complete. 


Another great customer service job for school leavers is a barista. Good baristas are well sought after as many people rely on quality barista made coffee to start their day. So, if you don’t mind being up early and interacting with customers all day, give it a try! 

If you need help getting your foot in the door, complete a Prepare and Serve Espresso Coffee course through HITsa. This course will provide you with the skills to use a commercial espresso machine and make great tasting coffee.

Gaming Attendant

If you want to work in a hospitality venue but not interested in working in a busy bar or restaurant, a gaming attendant could be the ideal job for you. Working in a gaming room gives you the opportunity to interact with regular customers and new faces every day. Similar to a bar attendant, but in the gaming room instead. 

Furthermore, to work in a gaming room you will need to complete your Basic Gaming Training. This course takes 3 days to complete and provides you with the skills to work in a gaming room.

This is only a suitable school leaver job if you’re 18+. 

Time to get a job

These are only few of many school leaver job opportunities. Whether you’re looking to start a long term career or needing some extra cash between studying. Any of these options are suitable for both! 

HITsa have a range of short courses to help you get your foot in the door, as well as a great range of certificate 3 and 4 qualification options. View our courses online today.

Need help acing your interview when you land one? check out this blog for some great tips!

Interested in starting a career as a commercial chef? While you might have thought you need to study to be able to get a job, this isn’t exactly the case. Have you considered completing a chef apprenticeship? Apprenticeships are a great way to study and gain real-life work experience at the same time. Not only do you gain valuable knowledge and skills for that sector, but you also often gain a long-term career path upon completion.

Furthermore, here’s some great tips and information on why a chef apprenticeship might be for you!

What is a chef apprenticeship?

As an apprentice chef, you’ll be working and earning in a commercial kitchen alongside other qualified chefs. Over a 4 year period, you will be trained in all aspects of food preparation including pre service, service and post service. You will also be required to complete off-job training with an RTO such as HITsa, which is generally completed in the first 3 years of your apprenticeship.

A chef apprenticeship includes the completion of a Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery.

What is commercial cookery/cooking?

Any workplace where food is prepared for the consumption of someone else is a form of commercial cookery. Commercial cookery is a large industry which includes a variety of workplaces such as: 

  • Pubs
  • Cafes
  • Hotels
  • Function Venues
  • Care Facilities

To put it simply, commercial cookery is cooking for others in a professional setting.

Benefits of an apprenticeship

There are many benefits of completing a chef apprenticeship. During an apprenticeship you gain hands on industry experience, learn from other qualified chefs, and get a real taste of what it’s like to work in the industry. Plus, you get to earn while you learn!

A chef apprenticeship carves a path to a long-term career as a chef.

Want to become an apprentice chef?

You will need to be working within a kitchen to undertake a chef apprenticeship. Alternatively, you can find a potential employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice. That employer will then get in touch with an RTO such as HITsa and organise a training contract for your apprenticeship. From there you can start earning and learning while working towards a long-term career as a chef!

Furthermore, you can call the friendly HITsa team on 8375 2800 for more information about how to become an apprentice chef.