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Bringing Social Enterprise to Life - Scarf: LV Project video

5 December 2011

In 2011 eight not-for-profit organisations were invited to pitch projects to LV’s Williamson Community Leadership Program participants — with participants nominating the projects they would prefer to work on. It’s an opportunity for the community groups to gain expertise they may otherwise have trouble accessing and to apply it to a practical area of need. WCLP participants gain an invaluable insight by applying the leadership skills they learn throughout the year in a fresh setting, by working with a community organisation.

Scarf is a unique venture, designed to train disadvantaged youth – many of them refugees — in the hospitality industry. Such young people are often locked out the job market because they lack the skills, experience, and above all contacts to find employment.

Scarf trains people to work as floor and kitchen staff. They conduct training sessions over a ten week period, but they also give their trainees experience by “borrowing” real, functioning restaurants on the night they are usually closed (generally a Monday) and serving dinner for paying guests. They are paired with industry professionals as mentors, who help train the young people and provide a vital network of contacts in the industry.

This short video, produced in collaboration with Singing Bowl Media was first shown at LV’s 2011 Presentation Dinner: