Bermondsey Community Kitchen is a free non for profit training facility providing a Level 1 and 2 City and Guilds Professional Cookery qualification, for long term unemployed 16 to 24 year olds who are not in any other training or education, this includes single parents, young people with both physical and mental disabilities and young offenders.

Our training program is different to the traditional school system and we will provide a place different to a high pressured school environment. Our project accomplishes this with smaller classes with more one to one work, less working hours, taking into account the students personal and individual needs, providing the students with the attention they need to succeed, boosting their confidence, and building their communication and life skills.

Our support of the students will not end once they have achieved the qualifications they need as we believe that qualifications only form the basics of helping people into employment. The project will also focus around building CV’s, practicing interview skills and providing the students with work experience, work placements and supporting them into employment once qualified.

Our project is an approved City and Guilds Centre and we offer on going enrollment policy so that students can join the course at any time.

The criteria for enrollment is:

  • Aged between 16 and 24
  • Live within Southwark and be able to travel to our training facility
  • Not be in any other training, education or employment (leaving secondary school or sixth form)
  • Be willing to study English and Maths if required, (subject to existing qualifications).
  • Enjoy and are interested in cooking.
  • Be fully committed to your qualification.