The hub will be a centre to train those being rehoused and re-employed on how to live independently, whilst developing their employability skills and giving them the tools, they need to get back on their feet. Consisting of five, 3-week skills training programmes, we will initially support 60 people transitioning from hostels to prepare them for independent living and help them find a new career in hospitality. All participants will receive a qualification to take them forward to access NVQ level 1 and 2 certifications and each will receive an OAPA Life Skills Course certificate which can be provided to potential employers.
The OAPA Life Skills programme will be run by industry volunteers who consist of chefs, such as OAPA ambassador and Michelin Chef Tom Aikens, and volunteers from the hospitality sector, as well as working with specialist trainers to provide quality training. On completion of the programme, each participant will become an OAPA member where they will have access to a broad range of support, on top of being placed onto the pathway to employment.