Creating pathways to become Australia’s top hospitality professionals

Unique on‐the‐job training with a contemporary industry designed qualification

Skills for Success

Industry designed programs which arms participants with the skills and knowledge to make strong starts in their careers.

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Front of
house careers

“Without the National Indigenous Culinary Institute’s program I would not have been prepared to work at a restaurant like Alpha as an apprentice”

Emmett McLeod


Career Mentoring

NICI provides our participants with a mentor to support you every step of the way in your employment journey.

Starting a new job can be difficult so our team are there to make sure you have everything you need to be successful. Through regular meetings we help with any issues you may be facing in to make sure you can remain in employment

Alumni Program

The program doesn’t end when you graduate.

Our Alumni Program will guide you after you qualify and help you acheive your dreams.


Career development guidance to help you achieve goals after finishing your apprenticeship


Leading NICI events and being a part of opportunities that may be different to your usual role in your restaurant


Utilise our global network to travel and work in different countries while continuing to develop your career

Currently located in…

We currently have programs in New South Wales, Victoria and South East Queensland

New South Wales


South East Queensland

Upcoming Programs

To see our next available programs, select your state below


South East Queensland



Expression of Interest

Provide us with a few details about you and we’ll be in touch to discuss the enrolment process.

    Acknowledgement of country

    We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters upon which we work, cook, and bring people together