Summer Culinary Staff for Tourism Businesses – 2019 Opportunities

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Serve it Up is for employers interested in hiring an engaged & trained High School Student in a culinary position for at least 200 hours during the summer. Employers must have a Red Seal Chef able to mentor the student.


This is a pre-apprenticeship program for high school students. This program is a partnership between the Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council, Education and Apprenticeship. Serve it Up provides an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in the culinary trade to gain hands-on experience through paid employment, while working under the guidance of a Red Seal Chef. In preparation for summer employment, students receive basic culinary training in advance of their placement.


The summer placement for Serve it Up students is during July/August. Interviews with employers will take place in Spring.


This program is available to employers in the following areas of the province:

  • Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Chignecto-Central
  • South Shore


Identifying potential future employees early through the Serve it Up program is proving to be a great pathway into culinary careers. The program does not just meet an immediate labour need; it is also connecting employers to future long term employees.

Interested in hiring a student this summer and shaping a career in the culinary field? Please contact the NSTHRC at 902-423-4480 or