In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Career readiness is a cornerstone of NECAT’s training curriculum. The Career Services team teaches weekly classes at all three program locations, which include technology training, resume writing, conflict resolution and interview skills. Career Services also provides career counseling and job placement services. The goal is to help every student secure a job and develop the skills to help them maintain employment and grow their career.
The combination of professional culinary training and career readiness skills put NECAT graduates in high demand with employers, and they earn an average starting salary over $20.00 per hour, many with benefits.
Working Credit Workshops
NECAT is proud to partner with Working Credit to help students take control of their credit and achieve financial stability. All students participate in a credit workshop during the first seven weeks of the program and are offered the option to work one-on-one with a credit coach to help them achieve their personal financial goals.
Tech Goes Home
Digital literacy is a vital component of NECAT’s career readiness training. Tech Goes Home has trained our Career Services team to offer computer literacy and basic business applications training. Every student during the first few weeks of training is issued a Chromebook to use during their classes. Every student who completes the training gets to keep their Chromebook along with a carrying case, headset and wi-fi hotspot if they don’t have internet access at home.
NECAT has relationships with chefs and hiring managers at major hotels, healthcare providers and restaurant chains in the Greater Boston area as well as many smaller independent restaurants, senior living facilities and catering companies. During the program, the team works with interested students to secure stages, short-term opportunities to work in a professional kitchen to test their skills and see if an employer is a good match before accepting a position. Additionally, NECAT works with employers to eliminate hiring policies that discriminate against formerly incarcerated people. About a third of NECAT’s students are justice involved, so identifying non-prejudicial employers is a priority.
NECAT works closely with a core group of vetted employer partners who offer good-paying jobs (most with benefits) and are willing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to partner with NECAT to support the long-term success of graduates placed at their company. NECAT seeks employer partners with a diverse range of jobs and schedules so every graduate can find a placement that works for their needs. Career Fairs: NECAT hosts on-site job fairs. Students about to graduate bring their completed resume and interview with potential employers. Many students book stages or receive job offers on-the-spot at Career Fairs.