Custom Workforce Training Programs

Culinary Concepts AB works with public and private organizations to develop custom programs that leverage the culinary arts to teach both occupational and life-changing soft skills. Our partners range from hospitals and private schools to municipalities and criminal justice systems.

Custom Workforce Training Programs

Culinary Concepts AB works with public and private organizations to develop custom programs that leverage the culinary arts to teach both occupational and life-changing soft skills. Our partners range from hospitals and private schools to municipalities and criminal justice systems.

REACH ONE.

TEACH ONE.

We pride ourselves in securing scholarships and developing custom workforce training programs that benefit those individuals and communities who are often underserved or who need it the most.

We would love to speak with you to understand your needs and objectives.

The examples below highlight how we support community organizations
by leveraging the culinary arts to teach both occupational and life-changing soft skills.

Partnerships

Case Studies

Outcomes

Partnering with Government Organizations

Through collaboration with the City of Charlottesville and the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ), Culinary Concepts AB developed an immersive workforce training program for nonviolent offenders.

The Phoenix program offered inmates an opportunity to gain tangible culinary skills, foundational life skills, industry-recognized certifications, and, importantly, connections to local employers to ensure a career pathway upon completion of their sentence.

For at-risk adults currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system, lack of employment is a major contributing factor to recidivism. Recent studies show that more than half of all people released from municipal jails recidivate within 3-6 months, and 67.8% of those released from state prisons are arrested for a new crime within 3 years (US DOJ, 2014). Additionally, the cost of incarceration has skyrocketed in the United States. According to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ), the average cost per day for each inmate is $84. This cost equates to about $31,000 per inmate, per year. Concurrently, across the restaurant industry, trained employees are hard to find and harder to keep. According to the 2019 Restaurant Success Report, 59% of respondents cite hiring, training, and retaining staff as their number one operational challenge. This challenge has only been amplified during the COVID pandemic and its aftermath.

The first Phoenix Program was piloted in 2019 with 5 students. Culinary Concepts AB helped place all of these students with local employers upon graduation from the program and release from incarceration. To date, each student has remained employed. While COVID impacted the program in 2020 and 2021, Culinary Concepts AB and the Albemarle County Jail System recently expanded the program, with multiple cohorts planned for 2022. We are actively engaged in working with correctional systems outside of the Charlottesville/Albemarle area to roll out the program in additional communities.

 

Partnering with Schools

Since 2019, Culinary Concepts AB has been working with schools like Elk Hill in Charlottesville, VA, to develop unique training programs. The Elk Hill program was a three-part series designed to inspire, educate and motivate high school students in grades 8-12.

As a result of COVID-19, the lack of nutrition and food literacy among low-income families has become evident. Most of these families do not have access to fresh produce or know how to cook with these or other unfamiliar ingredients. Improving the nutritional value and quality of home-cooked food demands an understanding of food-related skills for both youth and adults. This three-part training program breaks down structural and cultural barriers to fresh and healthy food, empowering students through food education. Each session takes students on a culinary journey of discovery, helping them connect from the soil to the plate while preparing them with the foundational skills needed for success in both life and in the kitchen.

Culinary Concepts AB is now in year 3 of this innovative program, with  24 students having completed the course.

Promoting Healthy Nutrition

Now more than ever, we need comprehensive training programs that empower families and strengthen family relationships throughout the Piedmont Region.

Our 4Fs Workshop Series is designed to provide supportive educational services that focus on the 4Fs: Farm, Food, Family, and Finance. This workshop is designed for those working to overcome challenges to family success, including families who have been involved in the foster care system. The course helps these families build cohesive relationships through food in an environment that promotes social and emotional growth while improving nutrition literacy.

This workshop series is intended to allow mission-focused sponsors to help build their local community by sponsoring families. Each session will be taught by a professional chef, focusing on seasonal produce and farm-to-table cuisine with an eye towards making each family’s food budget work for their unique needs. Each family will produce a nutritious
meal, in a classroom context that encourage open discussion about culture and cuisine.

Partnering with Government Organizations

Through collaboration with the City of Charlottesville and the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ), Culinary Concepts AB developed an immersive workforce training program for nonviolent offenders.

The Phoenix program offered inmates an opportunity to gain tangible culinary skills, foundational life skills, industry-recognized certifications, and, importantly, connections to local employers to ensure a career pathway upon completion of their sentence.

For at-risk adults currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system, lack of employment is a major contributing factor to recidivism. Recent studies show that more than half of all people released from municipal jails recidivate within 3-6 months, and 67.8% of those released from state prisons are arrested for a new crime within 3 years (US DOJ, 2014). Additionally, the cost of incarceration has skyrocketed in the United States. According to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ), the average cost per day for each inmate is $84. This cost equates to about $31,000 per inmate, per year. Concurrently, across the restaurant industry, trained employees are hard to find and harder to keep. According to the 2019 Restaurant Success Report, 59% of respondents cite hiring, training, and retaining staff as their number one operational challenge. This challenge has only been amplified during the COVID pandemic and its aftermath.

The first Phoenix Program was piloted in 2019 with 5 students. Culinary Concepts AB helped place all of these students with local employers upon graduation from the program and release from incarceration. To date, each student has remained employed. While COVID impacted the program in 2020 and 2021, Culinary Concepts AB and the Albemarle County Jail System recently expanded the program, with multiple cohorts planned for 2022. We are actively engaged in working with correctional systems outside of the Charlottesville/Albemarle area to roll out the program in additional communities.

 

Partnering with Schools

In 2019, Culinary Concepts AB and the Elk Hill School in Charlottesville began a unique three-part training program designed for high school students.

As a result of COVID-19, the lack of nutrition and food literacy among low-income families has become evident. Most of these families do not have access to fresh produce or know how to cook with these or other unfamiliar ingredients. Improving the nutritional value and quality of home-cooked food demands an understanding of food-related skills for both youth and adults. This three-part training program breaks down structural and cultural barriers to fresh and healthy food, empowering students through food education. Each session takes students on a culinary journey of discovery, helping them connect from the soil to the plate while preparing them with the foundational skills needed for success in both life and in the kitchen.

Culinary Concepts AB is now in the Year 3 of this innovative program with over xx students having completed the course.

Promoting Healthy Nutrition

Now more than ever, we need comprehensive training programs that empower families and strengthen family relationships throughout the Piedmont Region.

Our 4Fs Workshop Series is designed to provide supportive educational services that focus on the 4Fs: Farm, Food, Family, and Finance. This workshop is designed for those working to overcome challenges to family success, including families who have been involved in the foster care system. The course helps these families build cohesive relationships through food in an environment that promotes social and emotional growth while improving nutrition literacy.

This workshop series is intended to allow mission-focused sponsors to help build their local community by sponsoring families. Each session will be taught by a professional chef, focusing on seasonal produce and farm-to-table cuisine with an eye towards making each family’s food budget work for their unique needs. Each family will produce a nutritious
meal, in a classroom context that encourage open discussion about culture and cuisine.

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