Our award-winning Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall Training Programme is recruiting for Cohort 15 – giving young people the chance to train for the future and change their lives. This challenging, yet inspirational, programme will enable young people to gain qualifications and start an exciting new career in food.
It’s open to anyone living in Cornwall aged 16 – 24 who is not currently in employment, education or training. No previous experience is necessary. People just need to have a passion for food and a willingness to learn.
Taking part in the programme requires commitment. It lasts for 15 months in all, and there are three stages to make it into the Fifteen Cornwall kitchen.
After filling in the application form, all candidates are invited to the one-day boot camp, where their teamwork skills are put to the test. If they make it through boot camp, the successful applicants then go on to undertake an eight-week Level 1 Award in Culinary Skills to gain all the necessary basic skills to start in a professional kitchen.
At the end of the college course, a maximum of 10 young people will be selected to join the Fifteen Training Programme. These 10 will form Cohort 15.
For 12 months, the trainees will work alongside professional chefs in the Fifteen Cornwall kitchen. They will be put through their paces learning every discipline, from pastry and pasta to sumptuous sauces. At the same time, they will complete their Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills.
In addition, the trainees will get to experience a range of inspiring trips, from visits to local food producers to meeting Jamie Oliver at his London HQ, and even travelling to Tuscany to experience authentic Italian food.
If they complete the programme, the trainees will join the 139 other young people who have graduated and gone on to have bright new careers. At least 90% of the graduates are still in work and 80% are working as chefs.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any young person who has a love of food. Whether they’ve been dreaming of cheffing for years, or can’t even boil an egg, we’ve got the skills, knowledge and support in place to bring out the best in people.
Karl Jones, Fifteen Cornwall Training and Development Chef
Fifteen Cornwall does everything possible to help the trainees succeed. As well as receiving the national minimum wage, the young people will receive uniform and equipment. Support with transport is available from the nearby towns of Newquay, Bodmin and St Austell.
A welfare support programme is also in place to help young people with any challenges they might face both inside and out of the kitchen.
It’s easy to apply for the programme. You can apply online at or on the phone.