Kick-Start Training Programs

PLEASE NOTE: All Kick-Start trainings have been postponed. In the meantime, please visit your nearest Career Opportunity Center for job search or résumé assistance.

Palmetto Goodwill offers hospitality related training programs and certifications throughout the year, including a Culinary Kick-Start Program (which includes ServSafe Food Handler certification), a Hospitality Kick-Start Program (which includes START certifications) and a stand-alone ServSafe Alcohol Certification.  Read below for more information and fill out the respective form if interested in participating in any of these programs.

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Hospitality Kick-Start

Now being offered in both Charleston (three weeks) and the Grand Strand (two weeks), this program gives students the competitive edge they need to find employment in the hospitality industry.  In addition to receiving START certification, participants receive hands-on hospitality training at a partner location and go through Palmetto Goodwill’s soft skills course.  Following graduation, our employment specialists work with students to help them find a job within the industry.  

Culinary Kick-Start

This program prepares students to go straight from the classroom to the workforce and is supported by top restaurant and catering operators eager to hire workers for much needed culinary positions. In addition to receiving a ServSafe Food Handling certification and hands-on kitchen and culinary training, participants go through Palmetto Goodwill’s soft skills training.  Following graduation, our employment specialists work with students to help them find a job within the food and beverage industry. Culinary Kick-Start is now being offered in Charleston (evening courses), and in Myrtle Beach and Georgetown (day courses).  

ServSafe Alcohol

ServSafe Alcohol certification is a one day safety training for alcohol servers administered by the National Restaurant Association. Alcohol service involves many risks. Prepare yourself to handle these risks with responsible alcohol training from a trusted and experienced source.  As a Certified Instructor and Registered Proctor for ServSafe Alcohol, Palmetto Goodwill offers this training to individuals looking to become certified OR businesses looking to have their employees receive this training. 

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