Culinary training programs will be among the first in NH to offer education and paid, job-relevant training to career seekers.
Great NH Restaurants, the management company behind the restaurants Copper Door, T-BONES, CJ’s, and Cactus Jack’s, along with Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery in Raymond have developed new culinary registered apprenticeship programs in partnership with the ApprenticeshipNH program. ApprenticeshipNH is a grant-funded program housed at the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) which seeks to address workforce needs in industry sectors throughout the state by helping employers develop apprenticeship programs that meet federal standards. In launching this program, Great NH Restaurants and Tuckaway will join a minority of New Hampshire restaurants offering an opportunity for career seekers to earn and learn in a registered apprenticeship.
“We chose to develop this program as an important way for us not only to invest in our community and give career-seekers an opportunity to advance in the hospitality industry,” said Dan Fraser, owner and chief operating officer for Great NH Restaurants, “but also because we saw it as an innovative way for us to respond to our hiring gaps. It’s more important than ever for us to be creative about how we hire and retain employees.”
The programs consist of over 500 hours of classroom instruction completed over the course of three years at CCSNH member college. All required coursework is credit-bearing, and college credits earned by the apprentices are applied towards a certificate or associate degree offered by the participating colleges. The programs also require just over three years of on-the-job training at a restaurant, which equates to 6,000 hours. As cook apprentices, apprentices will learn with the support of a mentor how to prepare, serve, and plan a variety of menu items offered.
“We’re excited to launch our apprenticeship program to give our employees an opportunity to advance their career”, said Jen Hiller, assistant executive chef for Tuckaway Tavern, “This apprenticeship is a great opportunity for our employees to develop their technical skill and experience and we’re happy to sponsor them as they work to do so.”
Tuckaway Tavern will kick off the program with one incumbent employee and will look to hire future apprentices later in 2020. Great NH Restaurants is now accepting applications for restaurant locations throughout the state. To learn more and to apply, visit www.apprenticeshipnh.com/opportunites or contact Tim Allen, director of kitchen operations for Great NH Restaurants, at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Release is from November 2019.