Wahaca has teamed up with the Prince’s Trust to train disadvantaged Londoners living in Centrepoint hostels for jobs in its restaurants
The Mexican restaurant chain, which recently opened its third branch in Canary Wharf, ran a two-week course entitled Get into Cooking, to help give unemployed 16-25 year olds the training and qualifications needed to work in the catering industry.
The course, organised by The Princes Trust as part of a series of short ‘Get into’ programmes, was deemed so successful by Wahaca co-owners Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, that seven graduates were given permanent jobs within the company.
Shoya Nelson, an unemployed single mother living in a Centrepoint hostel in Enfield, said: “Wahaca treated us like one of their own staff and didn’t look down on us because we were new. I learnt so much from my experience there, all about teamwork and how to communicate better, key skills when working in a kitchen.”
With a quarter of London's 18-24 year olds receiving jobseekers allowance, The Princes Trust said it was looking to partner with more businesses with qualified, experienced staff who can offer training to them.