Venice on Vine is a pre-employment job training, stabilization, and job placement program for individuals with barriers to traditional employment, that utilizes both a traditional pizzeria and a commercial catering kitchen as unique classrooms.
Who – Adults who are:
- encountering barriers to traditional employment
- ready to learn
- drug free
- willing to set, discuss, and work to accomplish goals in cooperation with program staff.
Typically, Venice On Vine Trainees have encountered barriers to traditional employment. These barriers may include: sufficient transportation, a history with the court system, history of addiction, lack of job history, and a lack of professional job references among others.
What – paid on-the-job training which develops both “soft” and “hard” personal skills such as:
- commercial kitchen knowledge
- how to show up to work on time
- how to overcome transportation difficulties
- working with others
- how to talk to your boss
- how to find childcare
- how to avoid a housing crisis
- where to find assistance from other local agencies (for prescriptions, affordable furniture, healthcare, mental healthcare, affordable house, GED classes, etc.)
Before the first interview you will need to fill out a complete application.
For the first interview you will need to:
- Come dressed appropriately (no ripped or dirty clothing, no shorts, and no revealing clothing)
- Come ready to discuss your barriers to traditional employment
What is needed to start the training program:
- a valid ID
- social security card
- a valid mailing address
- a bank account or bank card with a routing number and account number
- a conviction record transcript from the City of Cincinnati and County of Hamilton – no more than 60 days old
(This is also referred to as a “blue sheet”. You can obtain one at the Hamilton County Justice Center south building located at 1000 Sycamore St., Room 100, Cincinnati, OH 45202. The Office is open Monday-Friday 7am to 3pm.)
Within the context of the interview process, if it becomes apparent that securing some of these items themselves is a barrier to move forward, the Program staff may be able to provide assistance.
If enrolled in the program, within the first 30 days you will need to:
- Obtain black, nonskid kitchen shoes
- Loose black pants appropriate for the kitchen
- Meet with program staff to identify barriers and discuss individualized program goals
Program requirements – You must be able to:
- Pass a drug test
- Participate in 22 hours of training a week (with opportunities for additional hours)
- Show up on-time
- Show up in uniform
- Take responsibility
- Follow instructions
- Ask questions
- Respect other workers and customers
- Set personal and career goals
- Work with Staff to reach your goals
- Refrain from criminal activity and substance abuse
- Share what you learn
- Be on your feet 5-7 hours per day
- Work in hot and cold environments
- Lift weights of up to 25 pounds repeatedly without accommodation
Please contact us by phone (513-221-7020) if you have any further questions and someone will return your call within 3 business days.
A printable version of this list can be found here.