Do you want to work in the foodservice industry?
Inspiration Corporation offers a free, 8-week Job Training Program with paid training opportunities here at the Inspiration Kitchens restaurant! This program is for anyone 18 years of age or older who is interested in a sustainable career in the foodservice industry.
- Hands on learning with Chef Trainers
- ServSafe® Food Handler Certification
- Kitchen Safety knowledge
- Culinary techniques
- Resume assistance
- Job search support
- A three-week paid training period
- A four-week paid internship available after program completion!
Our next cohort will be starting on Tuesday, October 12th! The deadline to apply is Friday, October 1st! The following cohort will be starting in January 2022.
To start the enrollment process, please fill out this contact form and a member of our staff will reach out to you!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll?
Please fill out the contact form below. After completing the form, a staff member will reach out to you to start the enrollment process!
How much does the program cost?
The program is free. There are also three weeks of paid training during the 8 week program, and the option for a 4-week paid internship upon program completion.
What will I learn?
- There will be lessons and resources on kitchen and knife safety, proper sanitation practices, culinary concepts, language, and techniques.
- You will work with our program staff and receive professional development skills ranging from resume writing to mock interviewing.
- All participants will also receive help earning their ServSafe Illinois Food Handler Certificate.
Where is class held?
Training will take place in-person three days per week at our restaurant in East Garfield Park (3504 W Lake St).
What kinds of jobs are available?
Our graduates find jobs in restaurants, deli counters, and fast casual establishments. Some graduates take what they have learned and continue their education in culinary school as well!
Participants have the opportunity to earn their ServSafe Food Handler Certificate. Those who complete the program will be eligible to earn the ServSafe Managers Certificate as well.
After completing the program, participants will have access to our team for employment services and continued resource connections.
What our graduates are saying
“I came here to learn about food but I learned so much more about the world.”Madeline
“The fact is, I enjoyed going through the program and when I got a chance to work and become independent. I was able to start my life over again…and that’s a blessing in itself.”Jessica
“I saw the chefs in their chef hats, and I wanted that, but the streets were still trying to pull me in. [Inspiration Kitchens] picks you up. It may be a little program to everybody else, but it’s the world to me.”Latepa
“I never knew that they were building the foundation over there that would change my life.”Arnold
“I’ve come a long way, and while life hasn’t been easy, I’m now joyful in my heart, and I thank God for the opportunity!”Tyrone
“I want to thank Inspiration Kitchens. They lifted my spirits at a time I needed it.”Charles
“I never had a real job, so working in the kitchen gave me a work ethic. It taught me a lot of things, but mostly about life.”Antonio
“It was nothing short of sensational. Everyone embraced me, and took the time to make sure I was learning the concepts.”Tony
“I couldn’t have done it without everyone at Inspiration!”Alfia
“They set you up to be successful. They not only gave me skills, but they never let me be afraid of my ex-felon status when I was looking for work.”Phillip
Ready to get started?
Please click below to fill out the form and we will contact you!