FareStart’s Catalyst Kitchens network is finding new, innovative ways to train their students during the current crisis. While we try to limit physical interaction and stay physically distant to keep others safe, programs are discovering creative strategies for training students in culinary skills virtually or within a hybrid training model. As of August 2020, 74% of our network is offering a virtual or hybrid job training model.
Students progress at different speeds in the kitchen, posing a real challenge for a chef trainer focused on teaching students and ensuring catering orders are completed correctly in a timely manner. Catalyst Kitchens team member Natalie Evans shares some tips & tricks from her days as a Catering Chef at FareStart with strategies on how to reinforce culinary training techniques in the kitchen and provide extra support to students who need additional reinforcement.
The majority of chef instructors come into their roles with culinary backgrounds and are new to teaching or providing social services support to individuals with employment barriers. This is where Catalyst Kitchens comes in - our roles is to provide coaching, resources, and technical assistance to give these trainers, and all staff members at our member organizations for that matter, what they need to succeed.
Providence is stepping up their game in providing advanced training with their 2 year residency program. The result is a $4-$6 wage increase for student graduates. Learn how this program is making an impact on their students' careers.
Sometimes, the best way to learn is to do. Employer partners are throwing their hat in the ring to host students to work in their kitchens. Model Member Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is leading the way with their advanced training internship model, a 16 week program for graduates to get hands-on experience in the kitchen and a chance for a full time job offer.
Culinary training positions within our training model are not for the faint of heart. On the surface it is a straightforward role: your goal is to prepare culinary students for the kitchen - how to hold a knife, work on a line, and filet a fish. However, this role takes on an entirely new face when your student population is learning how to thrive in a workplace and push past their personal barriers during the program.
What is Tableau and how can it help your organization? Essentially, Tableau is like Microsoft Excel’s stylish bilingual cousin. Tableau software is designed to analyze and visualize the columns and rows of data collected from multiple sources into an interactive dashboard. Get to know Tableau's software and Catalyst Kitchens uses it's visualization tools to bring network data to life.
The Catalyst Kitchens model is designed to create long-term pathways out of poverty rather than quick fixes. We know that hard culinary skills can help get a student a job and soft skills, like teamwork and communication, will help them KEEP a job. Catalyst Kitchens training programs provide this support to develop long-term career plans with wage progression and career advancement.
This infographic will give you the top five reasons why Catalyst Kitchens members think the kitchen is the best place to train students for the workforce.