culinary apprenticeship program

The culinary apprenticeship program breaks the cycle of poverty through job training and placement.

There is no better illustration of feed, teach, grow.


What is it?

The Culinary Apprenticeship Program (CAP) trains individuals who are unemployed or underemployed by providing hands on education and a paid work experience so that participants gain the skills required to pursue a career in the food industry; and as a result, providing them with the potential to obtain steady employment.

CAP is a tiered 20-25 hour 12-week paid work experience that combines professional development with hands-on training in our commercial kitchen.

students in tier 1 gain skill and knowledge of

  • Food safety and sanitation

  • Knife skills and familiarity with commercial equipment

  • Culinary terminology

  • Cooking techniques for soups and sauces

  • Nutrition

  • Life and employment skills

  • Catering - work alongside the Food Shuttle’s Horizon Catering and learn event prep, front of house administration, and serving



Graduates will exit Tier I of the program with

In-demand knowledge, including ServSafe Food Handler Certification from the National Restaurant Association. The Food Shuttle will help graduates find meaningful jobs in the food industry. Students who are not ready for employment at the end of Tier 1 may be eligible for continued education in Tier II.


CAP Participation Requirements

  • Ability to commit for a duration of 12 weeks for an average of 20-25 hours each week

  • Desire to work in the food industry

  • Legally eligible to work in North Carolina

  • At least 18 years of age

  • Pass a drug test and participate in random screenings

  • Reside in stable living environments, shelters included

  • Access to transportation