Story by Daniel Castles

Fifteen London’s Apprentice Programme – Applications & Open Mornings

As you may already know, Fifteen London recruits 18 unemployed young people every year, aged between 18 and 24, and trains them to become professional chefs. As part of the year-long course, apprentices get hands-on training in the Fifteen kitchen, spend one day a week at college and go on sourcing trips to learn about food provenance.

Applications for our new group of apprentices, due to start in September 2012, will take place on our website between the 2nd April and the 31st May 2012. To be eligible, applicants must be:

– living in the Greater London area
– aged between 18 and 24 at the start of the programme in September 2012
– NEET (not be in any education, employment or training)
– have a qualification no higher than an NVQ Level 2
– most importantly be passionate about cooking

Please feel free to pass this information on to any budding young chefs you know who might like to apply.

For professionals working with young people who would like to find out more about our Apprentice Programme, we invite you to attend one of our Open Mornings. Here, you will get the opportunity to ask us any questions that you might have about how our course runs, what Fifteen is all about, the criteria for applying and the application process. There will also be some pastries and coffee available on arrival to get you started!

The Open Mornings will be held on the 1st floor of 15 Westland Place (above the Fifteen restaurant) from 9.00am – 10.30am on the following dates:

Friday 23rd March
Friday 13th April
Friday 27th April
Thursday 10th May

To reserve your place on one of these dates, please contact Daniel Castles on 0203 375 5502 or e-mail him at

Please Note: The Open Mornings are for professionals working with young people and not the young person’s themselves to attend.

Please feel free to forward this invitation on to any colleagues or like-minded organisations you know that might like to attend.

About the author: Daniel Castles is the Team Administrator for Fifteen Apprentice Programme


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