The GAP Career Training Programs exist to provide quality education to under-employed, unemployed, and in-need individuals. This is a free 5 to 10-week intensive training program for men and women 18+. Students are mentored and given the skills needed to move beyond surviving into thriving careers. GAP’s holistic approach includes weekly life skills, leadership, and financial responsibility classes to ensure long-term stability and success.
The culinary program includes (2) five-week courses. Culinary 101 is focused on learning the foundation for basic knife skills, cooking techniques, commercial kitchen equipment knowledge & proper “Mise En Place”. Culinary 202 is geared for those who want more culinary knowledge with a greater focus on becoming a leader in the kitchen or food service establishment, at a supervisory level and beyond.
What to expect –
Lead instructor is GAP Executive Chef John Hohn, a previous winner of the Iron Chef Tucson, with over 25 years of experience in some of Tucson’s finest restaurants & resorts
This is a 40-hour-a-week boot camp that gives students a head start in the culinary field
Training includes ServeSafe certification, a nationally recognized health certification
Learning takes place in an environment that is safe and promotes teamwork and success in every student
Students will be assisted in finding placement in local restaurants – past graduates are working at high-end establishments like Wildflower, Miraval, Sands Club at the U of A, Bisbee Breakfast Club, Charro Restaurants, and others
“I learned the basics of cooking and life skills”
At Gap Culinary Training Program, not only did I learn the basics of cooking, but I was taught life skills- how to manage money and deal with past grief in my life” Adam graduated at the top of his class and secured a position at a high-end restaurant as soon as he graduated.
GAP’s 55,000-square-foot Community Warehouse is now offering training for those interested in career in logistics and warehouse work. In today’s consumer environment, knowing what it takes to run a well-organized and efficient warehouse can mean a good-paying career with benefits. While learning viable skills, students will be rewarded by seeing how their work benefits struggling families right here in our community.
What to expect-
- 300 hours of diverse warehouse training.
- Warehouse setup and flow – cash register, customer service, merchandising shelves, pricing, managing roles in a warehouse, employee protocol
- Forklift and pallet jack training and certification
- CPR/AED and first aid training.
- Box Truck driver training and safety.
- Workplace conflict and critical thinking skills.
- Community outreach and social networking
- Career placement assistance
The Auto Tech training program is currently on hold. MPG Tire & Auto has been sold and will no longer be participating in the program. GAP Ministries is grateful to MPG for their partnership in 2021 and for the students they graduated who have gone on to careers in the field. We are working on a new partnership to continue this very valuable auto tech training.
More Career Training Opportunities in the Future
GAP has plans to add more career training opportunities to the program in the next year once we are at the new Campus of Hope, including retail management and pastry chef. We all know there is an urgent need for quality employees in many industries right now. At the same time, there are men and women who are hungry for a fresh start in life with a viable career. These career training programs for individuals coming from difficult places is a win/win for all.
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