In 2020, TASK will launch Emilio’s Culinary Academy, a job training program that will prepare and connect patrons to opportunities in the food and beverage business.
Named after the late Emilio Papa, a TASK board trustee and long-time volunteer and advocate for improving the quality of life through food, the academy will provide hands-on culinary training and coaching to help patrons find and maintain employment.
The program is a response to a need in the TASK community and trends in the industry. TASK Manager of Food Services and Facilities Paul Jensen said the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 14-percent growth in food and beverage service jobs through 2024.
“This creates a lot of opportunities for TASK’s patrons as they work toward self-sufficiency,” Jensen said. “Because, at the end of the day, this is about more than helping someone get a job; it’s about setting them up for success and giving them the skills and support needed to start and maintain a career in the industry while providing a gateway to stability.”