Blue Marble provides chef training and support to young people aged 16 – 24 who are not in employment, education or training, who have often faced challenging life circumstances.
Blue Marble Training takes place in a live kitchen, offering experiential learning in an exciting environment. A package of intense personalised training and support, in a small group setting, helps many young people who have had negative experience in previous learning or training environments.
The programme provides a salutogenic environment, the scaffolding needed for young people who have experienced severe and multiple disadvantage to overcome adversity by making sense of their experiences and developing their strengths and resilience.
Training aims to equip young people not only with a professional skill, but practical tools for independent living and frameworks to develop self-confidence, self-care, self-understanding and self-expression.
The programme also fosters a sense of connection to others through shared meals and social activities.
Trainees become part of a tight chef team in an operational kitchen, experiencing teamwork and learning skills that will enable them to find jobs in the industry when they are ready.
Additional training and personal development opportunities, such as the City and Guilds Level 2 in Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering qualification, Accredited First Aid Training, fieldtrips and stage placements offer trainees the opportunity to learn new skills, discover their personal preferences and gain real experience in the kitchen, both cheffing and training others.
Blue Marble Training is well-connected to high profile hospitality industry representatives in kitchens across London, giving trainees who wish to pursue a future in the catering industry the best possible prospects. Events facilitated by Blue Marble offer trainees the opportunity to gain paid work when they are ready to move on from the training scheme.