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8-Week Culinary Training Program

Struggling to find stable employment because you face challenges with a physical disability, mental health, poverty, addiction or homelessness?

We can help you.

Steady Employment

HAVE works closely with local restaurants, cafes and hotels to provide work opportunities for our program graduates. Over 75% of our students gain steady employment in the tourism and hospitality industry within days of completing the program.

Steady Employment


Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces and utensils

Maintain sanitation, health and safety standards in work areas

Clean, stock and restock workstations


Wash, cut and prepare foods designated for cooking

Measure ingredients for specific food items being prepared

Pre-cook items, such as bacon, to prepare them for later use


Read food order slips or receive verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepare and cook food according to instructions

Cook the exact number of items ordered by each customer while working on several different orders simultaneously

Operate large-volume cooking equipment, such as grills, deep-fat fryers or griddles

Prepare specialty foods, such as pizzas, fish and chips, and sandwiches, following specific methods that usually require short preparation time

Verify that prepared food meets requirements for quality and quantity

What You'll Learn

During the 8-week program, you'll complete food safety training, serve breakfast and lunch meal periods, and learn all aspects of running a commercial kitchen.

My name is Tim, and I graduated from the Trained for Success 8-week program on May 4th, 2017. Before the Trained for Success program, I was living in a shelter playing guitar, drinking, and using drugs; this was my daily routine. Being in the course has helped me be sober. I haven’t felt as much of a desire to use since I have found something to fill up my day that makes me feel fulfilled, better about myself, and most importantly, confident. HAVE assisted me in looking for a job, creating a resume, and securing a job. They helped me feel like I can contribute and give back to the world, community, and society. I will be starting the first day of my job on the same day of my graduation.

Hi, my name is Diane. I began with HAVE in 2016 and I am currently in the Industry Training Authority Professional Cook Level 2 Program. I am employed with HAVE as a catering cook and at Crabtree Corner. I heard about HAVE through another mother at Crabtree Corner who had gone through the HAVE Trained for Success program.

HAVE has changed my life; I no longer want to sit at home being depressed and sad. I am more driven to get going and do things, and I have a lot more excitement in life. This inspires my daughter, who occasionally volunteers at HAVE and knows where she wants to go in life. I am a full-time single mother to my teenage daughter, Purity. By being a good role model, I am teaching my daughter the value of attending school, being on time, and being accountable.

Interested in Training at HAVE?

Come down to 374 Powell Street between 8am and 2pm to meet with our Counsellor & Job Developer. Intake is ongoing and classes start each Monday. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact us.

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