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Sufra – NW London

Food Academy Plus

Chef Ignacio, our Food Academy Tutor, is on a mission to recruit, train and find employment for 20 adults in the catering industry.

Sufra NW London is launching Round #2 of Food Academy Plus, which will transform the lives of people who are on a low-income or long-term unemployed. It’s an intensive 8-week programme, requiring a commitment of 24 hours each week, which will include all the training, coaching and support needed to find sustainable employment.

Across the programme, participants will learn professional cooking skills, project management skills and customer service. There will also be compulsory study sessions in numeracy, literacy and ICT, work experience in a professional restaurant at the London Designer Outlet – as well as the support of a mentor and employment coach throughout. There will be plenty of real-life experience, including setting up a pop-up restaurant at Sufra NW London, where we will invite local employers to see the skills of our graduates first-hand and head-hunt for new chefs, waiters and restaurant staff.

As an incentive, participants will receive a free chef’s uniform, 3-month bus pass and access to all in-house support and opportunities available at Sufra NW London. That includes a discretionary fund, which is used to financially support vulnerable and/or low-income volunteers.

Interested candidates will need to complete an application form, which is available for download here. The deadline for applications for Round #2 is Friday 27 January 2017.

Provisional Dates: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday across February and March 2017.