fifteen needs your help

All profits from Jamie Oliver's Fifteen are redirected back into the Apprentice Programme. But it wouldn't be wise to rely solely on the restaurant to cover the costs of the Apprentice Programme. The restaurants work at full capacity – staff work seven days a week from breakfast through to dinner; no one can work any harder but there's still a shortfall.

Fifteen has always sought, and continues to seek, funding from many sources. There's too much at stake to do otherwise. Current initiatives to raise money include:

Quite simply, Fifteen needs help and support from anyone who believes what's happening here is a good idea.

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here's how it all adds up

It costs £30,000 to train each apprentice. But it’s worth it, not only to the apprentices or the hospitality industry but to society as a whole. Here’s how money is spent on the Apprentice Programme:
 
Recruitment and selection:
Potential apprentices hear about the programme via open days, word of mouth and newspaper articles. In addition, Fifteen works with a broad range of referral agencies and like-minded organisations to maximise the pool of applicants. 
 
Graduate Programme:
This helps graduates maintain their momentum, pursue their ambitions, find work and succeed. The door is always open to a Fifteen graduate…they’re part of the family.  
 
Tools of the trade:
The necessary tools for any budding chef are provided: uniforms, equipment, textbooks, knives, shoes and learning materials.
 
Personal Development Programme:
From individual support to residential adventure trips, masterclasses, cooking competitions and fundraising events.
 
Staffing, premises, administration and IT
All the costs that come with a London-based office: rent, facilities, services and so on.
 
Welfare fund:
For any of those unexpected emergencies such as dental work, housing repairs or specialist support. The list is endless.
 
Apprentices’ training and travel:
Apprentices get an allowance of £120 per week, plus an Oyster card to cover their travel costs.
 
Sourcing Trips:
We like to put ‘field-to-fork’ knowledge into practice. Most of the apprentices learn by getting stuck in. They go to see where the produce is grown, where the animals are reared and where the cheese mature, to name but a few excursions. It’s all about making the food connection.
 
Marketing:
It is kept to a minimum but is still necessary.
 
The proof is in the pudding...
In 2011, Fifteen London released an independent ‘Social Return on Investment’ (SROI) report. It’s a way of quantifying, in monetary terms, the amount of social value that is generated by Fifteen’s Apprentice Programme in an average year. The report found that the majority of benefit comes from getting young people into work. Other benefits include:
 
• Improved social and financial skills
• Reduced risk of homelessness and offending
• Reduced intergenerational poverty and improved social mobility
• Improved diet and long-term health