Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Apprentice Programme is, undoubtedly, the beating heart of Fifteen Cornwall. For the last 14 years, every autumn we offer a new beginning to a group of disadvantaged young people and welcome them into our team and restaurant. This year is no exception.
Last week, candidates for Cohort 14 took part in a boot camp, organised by our friends at RAF St Mawgan, Tracy Page from Cornwall College and Cornwall Food Foundation team. This day has always been very important to us and for the future apprentices. They get to test out their skills of working within a team and meet new people that will become their second family for the next 18 months – first in college, then in the Fifteen Cornwall kitchen.
Their day consists of team building exercises prepared by RAF St Mawgan, interviews with our Training and Development Chef and Welfare Support Worker, tasting and cooking challenges. It is truly an amazing experience, testing their passion for food and the hunger for change some of these young people carry within themselves and year after year we are so excited to bring it all into the kitchen.
We gathered some key members of our team too and they got to know the candidates, learn about the level of food knowledge they have so far and what challenges they may have to overcome together in order to help these young people fulfil their potential. We know that the time they will have with us will be full of ups and downs, hard work, a test of their commitment and there is really no single recipe to helping them become the chefs they dream to be. But over the years we’ve seen some amazing achievements from apprentices who have grown personally and professionally.
In the last 13 Cohorts, 196 apprentices have been recruited to the Fifteen Cornwall’s kitchen, 127 of which completed the programme, 91% are still employed and an incredible 80% are working as chefs.
These journeys and success stories wouldn’t be possible without our friends and supporters, who share the love every year for each cohort. Thank you.
Big Love x