back-of-house kitchen skills and customer service skills. They became participants in the Restaurant Ready program offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) in 2022.
"When I learned about the Restaurant Ready program and the skills training it can offer community business organizations, I immediately thought of Forge City Works," says Jennifer Conkling-Schmitz, CHEF Foundation Director. "In 2023, we look forward to providing connections to restaurant employment and further training for their graduates."
“The Restaurant Ready Curriculum has been a great tool in conjunction with our hands-on job training program at Forge City Works," says Carla Domingo, Workforce Development Specialist at Forge City Works. "It is relevant and easy to teach with the guided lesson plans. Our trainees have enjoyed the group activities and have been able to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the workplace. We look forward to using the virtual testing once it's up and running.”
“Our culinary job training program has excelled, in particular, with applying Restaurant Ready program materials provided through funding by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation” said Chef Instructor Frank Parafati of St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury. “We are appreciative of the partnership with the Connecticut Hospitality Educational Foundation that has led to our successes”.
Interested in learning how your business can support Restaurant Ready or know a community business organization that may be a good fit as a Restaurant Ready partner? Contact Jennifer, firstname.lastname@example.org.