Information for Referrers

Is your client looking to launch a meaningful career in the hospitality industry?

Your client may be the perfect fit for Project Launch,  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 tracts: culinary, baking, and food service management. The program specifically serves individuals who are experiencing significantly high unemployment rates: formerly incarcerated adults, foster youth transitioning out of the system, victims of domestic violence, individuals with a history of mental health disorders, and individuals with histories of substance abuse.

We ask for case managers, career coach’s, or program representative’s to submit an online referral form on behalf of their client. This referral helps us better understand of the client’s needs, challenges, and current support system. Kitchens for Good is primarily a career services program, and does not provide wraparound services for housing, childcare or mental health services. We value our partnerships with social service agencies, and work closely with case managers to ensure our mutual client’s needs are being met. Please review the program overview and eligibility requirements below to determine that your client is a good fit for this intensive program. 

Once we receive your referral along with your client’s application, we will review it and invite selected candidates for an interview prior to the class start date.  Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee a spot in the apprenticeship program. This is a competitive program and we receive 60 applications for every 20 slots available.  Candidates are evaluated based on their passion for cooking/baking, and their motivation to launch a career. 

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 assistance with job placement with one of our 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.
  • Eligible for employment in the U.S.A.
  • 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)
  • Be available to be in class from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday for 10 weeks.
  • Not currently enrolled in any other KFG Apprenticeship Program.
  • Able to work and complete on-the-job training requirements with an employer partner for 17 months.
  • Be open to a background check and not have any outstanding arrest warrants.
  • Food Service Management only– Must have Prior work experience of at least 1 year as a server, cook, hostess within the last 3 years.


Kitchens for Good now accepts applications at any time during the year. If you are interested in learning the skills needed to be a Cook (CA), Baker (BA), or Food Service Manager (FSM), apply TODAY! Our class schedule is listed below. Apply today and choose when you would like to begin your culinary journey. NOTE: If a class is filled, applicants will be placed on a waiting list and prioritized for the next cohort.

Class NumberDates of Instruction
CA-22; BA-2, FSM-2Jan 7, 2021 – Apr 2, 2021
CA-23; BA-3, FSM-3Apr 27, 2021 – Jul 16, 2021
CA-24; BA-4, FSM-4Jul 27, 2021 – Oct 15, 2021
CA-25; BA-5, FSM-5Oct 26, 2021 – Jan 14, 2022


All classes are M-F 8:00AM – 4:30PM and are held at the Salvation Army’s Door of Hope Campus at 2799 Health Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92123.

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