Snapchef Expands Culinary Apprenticeship Program
Snapchef aims to fulfill culinary skilled workforce need
(BOSTON) — May 3, 2016- Today Snapchef, the leading Massachusetts-based culinary workforce development and staffing agency, announced it has been approved as a Massachusetts culinary apprenticeship provider. Snapchef will administer expand its training to cultivate highly skilled culinary staff to meet the existing market need.
The apprenticeship program will model off Snapchef’s fast track curriculum (FTC) created by culinary industry veteran CEO Todd Snopkowski. The curriculum is a vocational training program that allows adults with varying skill levels to develop new technical abilities while earning an income. The FTC addresses the critical gap in the culinary industry between minimum wage jobs and chefs trained at institutions of higher education.
Snapchef has training facilities in Boston and Worcester where employees complete ServSafe certification in food preparation and handling along with workplace safety training to serve a broad range of clients. In 2015, the US Small Business Association (SBA) recognized Snapchef for its curriculum and its contribution towards workforce development. The SBA awarded Todd and Daniella Snopkowski the SBA Massachusetts Small Business of the Year.
This announcement follows six months of significant New England economic development for the company, the hire of its 1000th employee and national franchise expansion plans. To date, Snapchef has filled the 1,000 jobs through recruitment, job fairs and strong collaboration with career centers. It plans to strengthen its New England presence with greater outreach in Boston, Worcester, Springfield, North Shore and Rhode Island.
“We are excited to train the next generation of culinary professionals. The need for a skilled workforce is strong. Large organizations like hospitals and universities need the ability to staff quickly. Currently, their options are limited and can leave a kitchen with staff who may not have any culinary skills. Snapchef training fills that gap with quality, skilled employees,” said CEO Todd Snopkowski
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 there were 2,290,800 cook jobs in the US and the numbers will continue to grow at a steady rate.
Snapchef is a chef-owned and operated organization that specializes in providing permanent and temporary culinary staff to the most prestigious food service companies in New England. Clients include major universities, hospitals, five-star hotels, and corporate cafeterias. Daniela and Todd Snopkowski, owners of Snapchef, were awarded the 2015 Small Business Person of the Year Award for Massachusetts by the US Small Business Administration. The award recognized Snapchef for its positive impact on the small business sector and its workforce development efforts in Massachusetts.