Palmetto Goodwill Partners with Lowcountry Food Bank & Holy City Hospitality to Offer Culinary Kick-Start Program

Prep-Cook Training and Job Readiness Prepare Candidates to Begin Culinary Careers

Palmetto Goodwill is partnering with Lowcountry Food Bank and Holy City Hospitality to offer a FREE two-week Culinary Kick-Start Program including prep-cook training, job preparation and placement.

Due in large part to Charleston’s growing tourism industry, hotels and restaurants are having a difficult time keeping up with staffing needs and careers in the industry are booming.

“There is no doubt that the increasing demand is putting strain on businesses that cater to tourists and this presents a great opportunity to those looking to break into the industry,” said Holy City Hospitality HR Manager Amanda Grant. “There are more opportunities to get hired for entry-level positions and good workers are able to move up the ranks quickly to propel their career and earnings.”

“We saw a great opportunity to help local jobseekers land jobs in a growing industry while providing quality candidates to local businesses and assisting Lowcountry Food Bank with their large volume of daily food prep and cooking,” said Jermaine Husser, Palmetto Goodwill VP of Mission Enterprise.

As part of the program, participants will train in the Lowcountry Food Bank kitchen while helping prepare more than 1,500 daily meals for children and seniors.

“We jump at the chance to partner with another non-profit community leader like Palmetto Goodwill and are excited to support the local restaurants that give back so much to us,” said Melinda Wadell, Director of Programs at Lowcountry Food Bank.

The community partnership provides program participants with hands-on training, employment readiness and job placement services:

·  Hands-On Training. Each candidate will complete four full days of prep-cook training at Lowcountry Food Bank and two days of on-the-job training at Holy City Hospitality Kitchens. Participants will learn food safety and sanitation, kitchen equipment use and knife basics.

· Job Readiness Course. Succeeding in the workplace requires more than experience and training. Employers are looking for people who have the “soft skills” that lead to success. Palmetto Goodwill’s Soft Skills for Workplace Success course provides the tools candidates need to get, keep and excel in their jobs including time management, conflict resolution, workplace demeanor and professionalism.

·  Job Placements. Following the program, Goodwill will work with candidates one-on-one to identify and prepare them for appropriate job opportunities including resume writing and interview skills. The program will commence with an opportunity to interview with several restaurants including The Victor Social Club, Vincent Chiccos, Michael’s on the Alley and more.

The program will run August 14 – 25. There are a limited number of spots available. Those interested in applying should visit palmettogoodwill.org/cook. Applications are due no later than July 14.

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