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Community Work Services
  • 174 Portland Street, #2, Boston, MA 02114
  • 617-720-2233
  • Vocational Skills Training
Food Arts
Program activities:

In this 6-week training program, the job seeker receives a comprehensive education in all of the facets and functions in the food industry through a combination of classroom hours and hands on job training. Classroom instruction will focus on health and safety standards, inventory management, menu planning and career pathways. Tasks will include customer service, order taking, utility work, food preparation, line/grill cooking, use of Point-of-Sale systems and kitchen clean up. At the end of the training, students have the opportunity to complete the online ServSafe Food Handlers course and obtain certification administered by the National Restaurant Association and are eligible to apply for employment with Community Work Services’ Culinary Team.

The Job Readiness Training portion of the program focuses on building professional soft skills and learning how to conduct a successful job search. Courses include personal branding, workplace etiquette, getting along with co-workers and supervisors, resume writing, and interviewing skills. Participants also attend tours of locals employers, on and off-site hiring events and mock interviews with hiring professional volunteers (2 weeks)

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Low Income, disabled, underemployed, homeless adults, recovering from substance use

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 40
Total hours: 25
Program duration: 8 weeks
Rolling Admission: Yes
Number of cycles: 10
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
7:30am-1:30pmClassroom Study
7:30am-1:30pmHands on Training
9:00am-12:00pmJob Readiness Training (2 Weeks)
Other Schedule Information: Participant schedule, and type of meeting, will be determined based upon individual’s availability due to work schedule. Admissions will be on a rolling basis.
Is the program offered remotely? Possible, but not typical
Is public transportation available? No

Location information:

174 Portland Street Boston, MA 02114
Program requirements: CORI check, SORI check
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: ServSafe Food Handler Certification | Food Arts Program Completion Certification | Job Readiness Training Completion Certificate
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
Child Care
Test/License Fees
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Stipend
Other, please explain: Based on completing 80% of training attendance; $230 paid after completing Skills Training, Job Search Training and obtaining and retaining a job for 30 days.

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Silvia Juarez
Telephone: 617-720-2233
Program code: CWS-VT-FA
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes