Jamie Fletcher has only been at Novotel's Rotorua Lakeside for a few weeks after coming off the dole but she is already eyeing up one of her bosses' jobs.

The bubbly 19-year-old had no qualms in telling human resources manager Julie Marino that it was her position she wanted - in the future - when the Rotorua Daily Post caught up with the pair yesterday.

But for the time being she is a food and beverage attendant after being hired off Work and Income's Fast Track programme. The AccorHotels-led skills-for-industry programme provides hospitality industry training and employment opportunities for job seekers aged 18 to 24. Two weeks ago 26 graduates got jobs.

Ms Fletcher said the opportunity was ''amazing''.

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Jamie Fletcher is enjoying her new job at Novotel's Rotorua Lakeside after doing the Work and Income Fast Track programme. PHOTO/STEPHEN PARKER
Jamie Fletcher is enjoying her new job at Novotel's Rotorua Lakeside after doing the Work and Income Fast Track programme. PHOTO/STEPHEN PARKER

''I was so excited when I got the job and jumped up and down. I love it here.''

Now the hard graft would start as she planned to work her way up the ladder and into management, she said.

Although she had only been unemployed for a month that experience was enough.

''It was really boring and I had no motivation.''

Ms Marino said Ms Fletcher was a super star and the Fast Track initiative enabled people including long-term unemployed to get a job.

''The goal is to get them off the benefit. The programme gives them the tools to do that so they can hit the ground running.''

A big focus was on grooming, punctuality and work ethic while learning in the classroom and at the hotels.

Novotel employed about 80 per cent of its staff through Work and Income and could employ up to 60 people a year, she said. It took 15 graduates off the latest Fast Track.