Project Launch is a tuition-free, 20-month California state certified Apprenticeship program that annually prepares 150 qualifying individuals to launch meaningful careers in the food service industry. Kitchens for Good offers three Apprenticeship tracks of Culinary, Baking, and Food Service Management. Through a combination of technical career education, customized support services, life skills classes, and paid employment, Kitchens for Good successfully helps its Apprentices to access career pathways and significantly improve the quality of their lives. The program begins with a 10-12 week workforce readiness training course (360 hours) followed by 17 months (2,460 hours) of paid on-the-job training with Employer Partners.
The training curriculum includes both ‘knife skills’ such as food safety and culinary or baking techniques, to ‘life skills’ such as conflict resolution, communication skills, résumé writing and financial literacy. After completing the training and demonstrating proficiency in all of the required curriculum competencies, Apprentices are ‘promoted’ and placed into jobs with Employer Partners to complete their paid on-the-job training (OJT). Kitchens for Good staff check in with Apprentices monthly for the next 17 months, to provide ongoing career coaching and support and to ensure Apprentices remain employed, wages and skills increase, and on-the-job training hours are accumulated to receive the Apprenticeship Certification.
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.
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