Apprenticeship
PROGRAMS

At Kitchens for Good we believe everyone deserves a chance to succeed. We offer apprenticeship training in Culinary Arts, Baking, and Customer Service designed to help individuals facing barriers to employment gain the skills needed to create sustainable careers. Our tuition-free California State-Certified Apprenticeship training programs provide hands-on training and expert instruction from experienced chefs.

As an Apprentice, you will learn valuable skills and receive the support and resources needed to launch a sustainable career in the industry. So why wait? Join us and start your apprenticeship journey today.

Baking

Launch your dream career by gaining the foundation to succeed in the baking industry.

Culinary

Begin your culinary journey, learning the skills you need to excel in a professional kitchen. 

Customer Service

Learn the skills needed to launch your career in hospitality and food service management.

Benefits of Our
Apprenticeship Training

  • Tuition-free, hands-on Apprenticeship training from industry professionals
  • Weekly stipends during skills training
  • Transportation support
  • Uniforms and tools needed to perform professionally
  • Food handlers’ certificate
  • Paid on-the-job training with an employer partner
  • 12 months of career coaching and customized support services
  • A career with starting compensation well above minimum wage + benefits
A man in our apprenticeship training program wearing a Kitchens for Good shirt

Application & Training
TIMELINE

Apply

Apply online and join us for an in-person tryout.

Initial Foundational Skills Training

You’ll attend free, full-time, foundational skill training covering culinary, baking, or customer service techniques. Apprenticeship training covers essential career skills such as effective communication, résumé writing, and interviewing techniques. Kitchens for Good provides a weekly stipend, transportation support, and individual case management to help you stay on track to complete the program.

  • 3-Week Training Schedule: Need to start working right away? This schedule covers the basics of our program over three weeks. Then, you’ll move into on-the-job training and return to Kitchens for Good periodically to finish your classroom training. 
  • 10-Week Training Schedule – Want to focus on your classroom training before starting work? With this schedule, you’ll have a chance to spend more time with your chef instructors and classmates before you start on-the-job training. 

On-The-Job Training

9-11 months – After completing foundational skills training and demonstrating your grasp of key concepts, you’ll move into on-the-job training. We’ll help place you in a paid, full or part-time position with a food service employer in San Diego County. Kitchens for Good staff will check in with you monthly to provide ongoing coaching. We’ll help ensure that you remain employed, your wages increase, and you take advantage of opportunities for career advancement. 

Earn your Apprenticeship Certificate

Once you complete all requirements of classroom training, and on-the-job training, and prove your mastery over core skills, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the State of California’s Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). This certification is an important accomplishment that improves your future employability and earning potential. 

Testimonials

Annahlisa
Culinary Apprentice / Class 27

Apprentice Annahlisa Class 27

Kitchens for Good has given me confidence—the ability to believe in myself and the endurance to believe in myself. It’s given me so much grace as well as knowledge and taken away my fears.

Emmy
Culinary Apprentice / Class 26

Apprentice Emmy Class 26

Since the moment I was accepted into the KFG program, the outpouring of support I have received has been by far outmatched by anything I ever expected.

Apprenticeship Training
FAQ

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a combination of classroom and technical instruction and related on-the-job training which takes place under the supervision of an experienced professional. This allows individuals to learn all the important aspects of a skilled occupation.

Do I get paid?

During the first 10 weeks of training, Apprentices are provided a daily training stipend (paid weekly). After the 10 weeks of training is completed, Apprentices are placed with one of our Employer Partners and paid at an hourly rate during the on-the-job training.  The hourly rate is determined by the employer with whom you are working.

Do you offer financial aid/financial assistance? 

Kitchens for Good’s Apprenticeship programs are tuition-free.  As mentioned above, Apprentices also receive a daily stipend (paid weekly) during the 10-week training period.  Apprentices also receive transportation assistance (bus pass or gas card) and free breakfast and lunch on on-site training days. 

What is the schedule like?

  • Culinary/Baking: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm 
  • Hospitality (front-of-house): Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm for the majority of the program.  For 2-4 weeks, the schedule shifts to Tuesday-Friday + Saturday OR Sunday – 9am-4pm 
  • All programs: Short Days on Wednesdays – 8:30am-12:30pm

What is the purpose of an Apprenticeship? 

  • Apprenticeships are a proven approach for preparing workers for jobs while meeting the needs of businesses for a skilled workforce. It is an “earn while you learn” model that combines job-related instruction, designed so that students achieve skill competencies according to national standards, with on-the-job training. The model also involves progressive increases in Apprentices’ skills and wages. 
  • Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States and in California. Many industries are often unable to find enough sufficiently trained workers to fill these jobs. Apprenticeships are a flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of both workers and employers. 

Do I need my Food Handler’s Card to be eligible for the program? 

No, Kitchens for Good offers the course as part of the initial 10-week training. If you pass the test, you will receive a San Diego County Food Handlers Card. You do not need to purchase the training on your own.

Can I take multiple programs?

No, they are separate state-certified Apprenticeship programs, and you are only able to participate in one Apprenticeship at a time. Once you have completed one of the 12-month Apprenticeships and have worked for one additional year, then you can apply for a second Apprenticeship.  

What is the Application process? 

  1. Apply Online or request a hardcopy application from a staff member
  2. Wait for an eligibility screening call.
  3. If eligible, you’ll be invited in for a try-out interview.
    • Try out includes: One hour informational session + 1.5 hour physical activity.
  4. After a successful try out, you’ll have a screening phone call with one of our case managers to ensure the program is a good fit for you. Then, you’ll be invited to complete a background check.
  5. Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis.
  6. If accepted, you’ll be invited for a final in-person enrollment session.
    • You must bring an original ID and SNN card to enrollment session.