All of the profits from the Fifteen Shop's exclusive product range go to the Better Food Foundation (registered charity no. 1094536) which funds the Fifteen Apprentice Programme.>
Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme was set up in 2002 and watched on television by the nation. Jamie Oliver’s aim in setting it up was to offer a chance for unemployed young people to change their future through the magic of food. Young apprentices were invited to train as chefs and to work in a busy, often hectic, restaurant.
The aim of the program is to empower and inspire young people and to give them the skills they need to change their lives. Many of the young people have had a tough start in life – some come from difficult backgrounds or have got into trouble, while others have struggled with drugs or alcohol. They are all struggling to find work and have left mainstream education. The Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme aims to give them the support they need to realise their potential.
The apprenticeship lasts for a year and leads the young people on a challenging journey to gain an professional qualification, as well as giving them the valuable experience of working in a thriving restaurant. The hours are long and the going can be tough, but the apprentices are supported throughout with a structured welfare program and coaching.
Three quarters of the Fifteen graduates to date are currently working as professional chefs. Nine out of ten of them describe their time at Fifteen as a positive experience.
Want to apply to join Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme?
Read more about applying on the sites for each restaurant:
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen