The Serve it Up! program is available to Grade 10 and 11 students across Nova Scotia where industry capacity exists. This initiative is intended to offer students a meaningful educational opportunity to:
The Serve it Up! internship program is rolled out to Red Seal Cooks in the province prior to opening up applications in associated school regions. This ensures industry capacity to match student interest.
The Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council (NSTHRC) recruits Red Seal Cooks in Nova Scotia to participate as mentor employers in the program. As they are confirmed, the application process opens up to relevant schools.
Interested students then apply for the program and are interviewed through a panel process with a Youth Pathways Consultant, NSTHRC, and participating employer(s). Successful applicants must be 16 years of age before the first day of Kitchen Safety Training. The deadline for applications will vary.
As Red Seal Cooks are confirmed, applications will be forwarded to the relevant school with a deadline for application of approximately two weeks from the date the school is notified.
Student interviews, selection and program orientation will be ongoing during early Spring. Workshops and Kitchen Safety Training will take place in April and May (tent). Students who do not hold WHMIS, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Food Handler’s safety certificates will be supported to receive the training prior to beginning their summer placement.
Successful applicants will participate in a five-day Culinary Training Program which includes Nova Scotia Best Customer Service Program and four days of Kitchen Safety instruction. Students will also receive the National emerit Occupational Standards for Line Cook and Kitchen Helper, as a resource.
In July and August, students receive a meaningful and relevant educational opportunity by experiencing hands-on, paid employment under the guidance of their assigned Red Seal Cook. Upon successful completion of their summer placement, the students will receive up to 3.0 Co-op credits and a 300 hour incentive, to be credited to the hours needed to complete their trade (once signed up as an Apprentice).
Apply to the Serve it Up! Program
Your completed Student Application is to be accompanied by a cover letter, resume, and reference forms. You will have the opportunity to upload your cover letter and resume in the application platform, but reference forms (Community Reference Form, Teacher Reference Form) should be completed and given back to your teacher, who will email them to the Serve it Up! Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request a Class Presentation at your High School
Contact our office to book a Serve it Up! presentation in your classroom where a Red Seal Cook will speak to the culinary trade and on the Serve it Up! program.
Already employed in the Food & Beverage Industry?
Let’s talk about how your current employer can become part of the Serve it Up! program, enabling you to stay where you’re comfortable while obtaining all the benefits of the program.
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