NECAT provides unemployed and underemployed individuals with the technical, professional and life skills necessary to secure career-ladder jobs in the culinary industry through an intensive 16-week Culinary Arts Job Training Program. The program was launched in October 2013 and serves roughly 150 students annually, across six cohorts. NECAT’s program is offered at no tuition cost to the students so they may start their careers without the burden of debt. Click here to view our brochure!
Class is held Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and provides students:
- Hands-on culinary arts instruction. The curriculum includes: introduction to the culinary industry, food safety and sanitation, knife skills and advanced cooking and baking techniques. Students graduate with a Culinary Arts Certificate.
- Access to paid and volunteer work opportunities to help students develop their resumes and gain experience in the field.
- Industry-relevant professional and life skills training, including resume writing and interviewing, time management, conflict resolution, etc. Staff also provide coaching and counseling to help students overcome personal challenges that have held them back from securing stable employment in the past.
- Job search services and support to help students secure jobs that are a strong fit with their skills levels, career interests, and scheduling and transportation needs. We provide career services with the support of our valued Employer Partners – please contact us if you’re interested in hiring our highly-trained, hard-working graduates.
Interested in Joining the Program?
No prior cooking experience required! Information sessions are held every Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30 am at 23 Bradston Street, second floor. Join us to receive an overview of our program and the application process, take a tour of the facility and meet our staff. No RSVP required, but please arrive 15 minutes early. For more info and the next class start date, visit our Admissions page.
In order to accomplish our important mission and support our employer partners, we strive to achieve at least an 85% program completion rate and an 85% job placement rate for graduates. We also aim for all students to earn at or above Boston’s living wage upon graduation and to secure positions with clearly defined opportunities for advancement.