Let’s Chop it Up! is a SkillsLink program designed to empower and educate a small team of young adults with the necessary tools needed to find employment within the Cowichan Region’s food community.
A three-month SkillsLink term begins with an intensive period of learning, in which participants are actively engaged in a multifaceted learning experience: Hands-on cooking classes and food workshops, budgeting and buying ingredients from local providers, tours and talks from local food and horticulture experts, classroom discussion, techniques of self-inquiry and mindfulness, deep teamwork exercises, and of course, the necessary employment skills involved in the job world. Then, prepared with knowledge and experience in the field, participants transition to an internship phase with an employer in the local food community to bring the lessons into action! Upon completion of the program, participants are bolstered with applicable work experience, improved resume and cover letter skills, and connection within the Cowichan Region’s vibrant food community.
The Let’s Chop It Up! SkillsLink program runs from March 2016 to February 2017 and encapsulates four 12-week terms, helping a total of 16 young adults solidify their employment skills. The program is paid at $10.85 per hour, 30 hours per week, for 12 weeks.
This program is currently in its final term. But don’t worry — If you are interested in participating in or contributing towards a similar program, please check out our related Before Your Plate program.
Linda was born in Duncan and wants to gain new kitchen skills from the program. She likes playing games and anime.
Cheryl is 23 years old and lives on Penelakut Island. She is taking SkillsLink so that she can gain work experience and to be able to get a job afterwards in a kitchen. In the future, she hopes to go back to school for culinary arts or nursing.
Michael thinks cooking is neat! He also has a love for animals.
Raenne was born in Penticton, BC, and has lived in the Cowichan Valley for 14 years. She loves cooking and books. Raenne graduated from high school with honours, has two years of culinary school experience, unfortunately had a setback and is looking to return to work with the help of SkillsLink.