Simon Boyle's Beyond Food Foundation has launched a search for candidates to fill its new Kitchen Apprenticeship Scheme.
The venture, spearheaded by Boyle in conjunction with De Vere Venues and PWC, is looking to provide 28 candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to train at the Brigade, a new restaurant in PWC's London offices in Tooley Street.
The recruitment process will begin with 500 candidates who will be whittled down to a final 28 through a six-week educational and practical induction scheme; "Fresh Life".
The final 28 will then take part in the six-month apprenticeship scheme, which combines work in the Brigade restaurant and part-time training at Southwark College.
Boyle said: "It is absolutely vital that Brigade is a successful profit-making enterprise. It must be sustainable if we are to continue helping people get a chance to start a career within the hospitality and catering industry. We're accountable for their training and development and this is a perfect example of how the third, private and public sectors can work together to make a real difference to people's lives."
The Brigade is part of PWC's office block "The Fire Station". Split over two floors, each with its own kitchen, the site includes an 87-cover bistro and a 65-cover bar on the ground floor. Run by De Vere Venues, the first floor features five private-dining rooms and a 45-cover cook school and private dining room.
The scheme begins in September. To apply for a place contact the Beyond Food Foundation Charity, Job Centre Plus or other linked groups including St Mungo's, South London YMCA, St Giles Trust, Salvation Army, Connections at St Martin's, Thames Reach and the Foyer Federation.
By Emily Manson
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