Training for new careers in the culinary industry

With extended unemployment benefits slated to expire at the end of the month and a new year approaching, now is a good time to begin thinking about job training. Today we announced that we are accepting students for our next culinary class scheduled to begin January 5, 2011.

 The Culinary School  is a 12-week program designed to provide valuable job training to the unemployed, underemployed and those in career transition and in prison re-entry programs. The program includes 10 weeks of hands-on training in basic and high-end kitchen skills, safe food handling and life skills. The 10-week training culminates with a two-week paid internship/externship. Upon graduation, staff from The Culinary School will assist students with job placement.

 “With a brand-new year approaching, now is a great time to gain valuable job skills and employment in a very competitive field,” said our Executive Chef Tim Hunter. “Our students come from very diverse backgrounds. Some have worked in a restaurant setting before, while others have always wanted to learn culinary skills, but didn’t know where to start. Regardless of background all will benefit from this training.”

“I truly believe that this training was a great opportunity to help me learn more about the culinary arts,” said Gaylan Maxson, a graduate of the program who is now working at Prinece on Delaware in New Castle and in our kitchen handling all of the meals for the children’s nutrition program. “It taught me the basics and helped me further my career.”

The mission of The Culinary School is two-fold. First students are taught skills that are highly desirable to employers in the food industry and, second, these newly-developed skills have the potential to lead to jobs in the industry that provide job security and economic sustainability.

All of the training takes place at our facility in Newark and funding is provided by the Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and scholarships. Gas cards and bus passes are also provided to help offset student costs!

For more information about The Culinary School, please contact Chef Instructor Tara Kazimir at (302) 444-8124 or tkazimir@fbd.org.

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