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Project Fifteen – a recipe for success


Chef Jamie Oliver and apprentices
© Fifteen Cornwall

The best way to learn is to do – that’s the philosophy behind a project that offers the young unemployed top-quality training in the restaurant business.

Established by internationally renowned UK chef Jamie Oliver, the project and restaurant Fifteen Cornwall recognises that people are at the heart of economic regeneration and that the words ‘young’ and ‘unemployed’ together mean wasted talent and opportunity.

The Fifteen apprenticeship combines formal learning at Cornwall College and in Fifteen’s kitchen. Participants, who all work alongside 20 professional chefs for five shifts a week throughout a year, gain self esteem and competence through their commitment to the programme. Those qualifying know the project will help them to find jobs.

Eighty per cent of the more than 120 apprentices since May 2006 are still working as chefs today.

The restaurant also provides a market to local producers since it sources all its ingredients in and around Cornwall. It serves 80 000 diners each year and the concept has been so successful that there are now four Fifteens, in Cornwall, Amsterdam and London. These all operate a pioneering apprenticeship scheme for young people with tricky backgrounds, between the ages of 18 and 24, alongside the day-to-day running of the restaurants.


Project name: Fifteen Cornwall
Area of activity: Education and training
Project duration: May 2006 – ongoing
ESF contribution: £ 1 190 956
Total budget: £ 500 000 / year
Participants: 176
Country: United Kingdom
Organisation: Cornwall Foundation of Promise (CFoP)
Contact details: Tanya Atkins
+0044 1637 861 000

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