Information for Applicants

Are you looking to launch a meaningful career in the hospitality industry?

Project Launch is a tuition-free, 20-month certified apprenticeship program that prepares individuals with barriers to employment to launch meaningful careers in the culinary and hospitality industry.  Kitchens for Good offers three apprenticeship tracks:

Culinary – Baking – Food Service Management

Program Overview

Step 1: Application and Review- Interested candidates submit an application and complete an interview and kitchen trial assessment.

Step 2: Training- 3 months (360 Hours)- Selected apprentices attend full time training covering both ‘knife skills’ such as food safety and culinary or baking techniques, to ‘life skills’ such as communication skills, résumé writing and financial literacy. Apprentices practice their skills daily by preparing meals for food insecure San Diegans.

Step 3: On-the-Job Training with Employer Partners- 17 months (2,400 Hours)- After completing the training and demonstrating proficiency in all of the required competencies, apprentices are placed into paid employment with employer partners to complete 2,400 hours of on-the-job training. Kitchens for Good staff check in with apprentices monthly, to provide ongoing career coaching to ensure apprentices remain employed and their wages and skills increase. 

Step 4: Earn Apprentice Certificate- Once apprentices achieve 2,400 hours of On-the Job-Training and have experienced skill and wage growth, they receive their Apprenticeship Certificate from the State of California, a well regarded accreditation that improves employability and earning potential.

Program Benefits

  • Free hands on job training and life skills classes
  • Guaranteed job placement with employer partners, with ongoing skill and wage advancement
  • Transportation support for three months
  • Industry uniform and tool set
  • 20 months of Career Coaching and customized support services
  • Food Handlers Certificate
  • Chance to earn Apprenticeship Certificate, a well regarded accreditation that increases employability and earning potential

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Must be at least 18 years old upon acceptance into the program. 
  • Legally Authorized to work in the US. 
  • Must not have any outstanding arrest warrants. 
  • Meet the criteria of being either unemployed or underemployed, with a barrier to employment (history of incarceration, homelessness, foster care, mental health challenges or substance abuse)
  • Not currently enrolled in any other Kitchens for Good Apprenticeship Program.  
  • Able to attend class Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm for 12 weeks (3 months).  
  • Able to work and complete on-the-job training requirements with a selected employer partner for 17 months working full-time 
  • Food Service Management only- Must have Prior work experience of at least 1 year as a server, cook, hostess within the last 3 years 

Training Locations and Dates

11188San Diego Classes

Kitchens for Good offers classes at the Salvation Army Door of Hope campus located at 2799 Health Center Drive. See class schedule and application due dates below.

Class NumberApplication Due DateClass Start DateEmployer Placement Begins
Culinary Class 22December 8, 2020January 7, 2021March 22, 2021
Baking Class 2December 8, 2020January 7, 2021March 22, 2021
Hospitality Management Class 2December 8, 2020January 7, 2021March 22, 2021


North County San Diego at the Moonlight Amphitheatre

Located in Vista, this training program runs one group of 20 apprentices a year. Please stay tuned for next spring session.  Address: 1250 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084

This project is funded in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego.

Ready to Apply?

You can apply online with the button below, or pick up an application at our office.

Agency Referral

If you are working with any other social service agencies please have them download a hard copy referral form or complete the online referral form here. Hard copy referrals can be submitted to training@kitchensforgood.org or at 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114.

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