We help women get good jobs in food.
Hot Bread Kitchen’s workforce development program provides economic stability and mobility for women in New York City through careers in food. Our approach builds professional and personal skills, tackles inequities in accessing and retaining employment, and collaborates with food employers to build a more equitable system where our breadwinners can thrive.
PLEASE NOTE: Hot Bread Kitchen’s Workforce training and job placement program is on hold until further notice. We are still accepting applications, and we will be in touch when we know when the next session will begin. Stay safe: for information on COVID-19 please refer to the New York State Department of Health website, and see Hot Bread Kitchen’s resource page.
Technical Skills Development, Professional Readiness and Job Placement
Participants complete an intensive, five-week kitchen fundamentals training followed by 100% job placement with one of our employment partners. Training topics include knife skills, basic cooking techniques, kitchen math and science, recipe scaling, safety and sanitation along with professional skills like English language learning, interview preparation, conflict resolution and effective teamwork. The program also includes support during the first year of each participant’s employment to ensure a successful onboarding with regular dialogue with employees and our hiring partners.
Wrap Around Support
We understand there are many ingredients to successful employment and economic stability. A good job is critical, but so is financial education, housing stability and child care. Hot Bread Kitchen has a full-time social worker and financial coach on our staff, and we also partner with local organizations that can assist our participants in overcoming challenges outside of work.
A More Equitable Food System
We see an opportunity to transform the food industry from the inside out, through the women we train and place in culinary jobs, and with our growing pool of employment partners committed to making food jobs good jobs—jobs that offer stable schedules, fair pay, and opportunities for advancement, and workplaces that reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the city.
Our impact doesn’t end with an entry level job. Through professional development and customized training opportunities we equip our alumni with the specialized and advanced skills needed to advance the career ladder while filling critical skills gaps in our employment partners’ operations.
Our Impact - 2019 Snapshot
The women in our workforce program are competitive candidates as a result of our training, and our employment partners offer important benefits like set schedules and growth opportunities. And because our support doesn’t stop at the job offer, our breadwinners have a trusted partner throughout their culinary career.
- 108women placed in jobs
- $3.2Mannual earning power of women placed in jobs
- 95%jobs offer benefits
- 84%jobs offer stable schedules
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Ready to take the next step?
Join fellow Breadwinners seeking employment and prepare to launch your career. Women in Hot Bread Kitchen’s workforce program gain skills and confidence in and out of the kitchen during our initial 5-week training and beyond.
Become a Hot Bread Kitchen employer partner and make Hot Bread Kitchen alumni a part of your team. Our alumni have the fundamental kitchen skills, motivation, and commitment necessary to succeed in the fast-paced culinary industry.
Help us give hardworking women the skills, confidence and connections to create better lives for themselves and their families.