Training young people to begin a career in the culinary industry.
The Train Up Culinary program teaches young people basic front- and back-of-house skills to introduce them to careers in the culinary and hospitality industries. Students earn their Restaurant Ready certification from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation as well as their ServSafe Food Handlers and Allergens certificates. Participants gain skills in customer service, restaurant communication, cooking methods, and more through SEAT instructors in order to prepare them for the industry. Qualified participants then go on to internships with local restaurants who provide students first-hand experiences in a variety of duties in a restaurant. Graduates from this program can go on to employment in the industry, community college culinary programs, or culinary apprenticeships.
Gives participants skills to be valuable front- or back-of-house employees in the restaurant industry.
Provides restaurants the opportunity to attract and retain talented graduates.
Placement & Retention
Program graduates are placed with SEAT partner restaurants or other restaurants in the area.
SEAT is working closely with the NRAEF and NYSRA to build a pipeline of candidates to apprenticeship opportunities (currently approved by NYSDOL in restaurant management and line cook) which includes classroom instruction with SUNY Schenectady culinary program.