The Culinary Skills Training Program offers youth recovering

from mental illness or with other barriers to employment with training, coaching, and work experience so that they can enter the labor force or continue further culinary schooling.

There are two components. The first six weeks, basic culinary skills are taught under the guidance of two Red Seal-certified chefs. The second part is a nine-week practical work experience in our Pacific Coast Apartment's making the nightly meal for the PCA residence or at Social Crust Café & Catering, a Coast social enterprise.

While the program offers youth tangible job skills, that’s just the beginning of its impact. In a supportive and caring environment, these youth learn about team-building, collaboration and how to continue to manage their mental health when they enter the workforce. Since the program’s beginning, over 20 youth have completed the training and six are currently employed in the café on a part-time basis. 

Program Requirements

19 to 30 years of age

A barrier to employment

Your schedule works with the training schedule

Stable housing, and income source

Can train 30 hours/week for 16 weeks

Here's what you will get

16-weeks of industry training

Real responsibility

Resume and life skills

Train side by side with Red Seal Chefs

Completion bonus after work experience

Help with your job search, or continuing education

Here's how we'll support you

We will help you every step of the way:

A one on one Job coach, in house counseling service, and mental health support

Option to count hours of work experience towards ITA Red Seal training

Support with basic needs

Help finding and landing a job

Program is free of charge

Here's what you have to do

Give the program your best every day.

Show up on time.

Be willing to learn, stay with the program, and work hard.

If you don't give up, neither will we.

We're Recruiting for


Join us at our next Open House:

Date & Time: Friday, January 10th @ 10:00 am to 12:00 am

Location: Pacific Coast Apartments Boardroom

                337 West Pender St, Vancouver, BC

Meet the Team

Tour the kitchen and Social Crust Cafe

Q & A session

Next Cohort Starts: Monday, January 27th

For more information, contact Tret Jordan by email at or call 604.838.3533


Below are some small testimonials for some of the participants, and as well as a letter provided by on of the parents of a graduating participant.

"The program helped me to gain more confidence in myself and helped me open doors to jobs in the culinary field or any other career I choose."

"I have a positive outlook on life and even though the program was tough it was worth the effort and taught me a lot. I am better off doing it."

"This program, that I got the opportunity to be a part of, has been AMAZING. I found the wealth of knowledge fruitful and bountiful. The experience was very accepting and patient."

"The Culinary Skills Training Program opened up so many doors for me. They helped me to learn skills I could use in the restaurant industry, and they supported me with my transition into the workplace and back to college for further training in the field."

A Recipe For Recovery... Read Charlie’s story here to find out how

the program is changing youths’ lives.

For more information, contact Tret Jordan by email at or call 604.838.3533

Learn more about Coast Mental Health's Employment and Education Programs here

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