Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is partnering with the California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF) to help prepare Los Angeles-area high school students, enrolled in culinary programs, for their first jobs. SoCalGas employees will provide guidance on things like resume-writing, interview skills, handling typical job expectations, and the like. This one-day classroom takeover, called Force In Training® (FIT), is hosted in 50 high schools across the state, training nearly 3,500 students on a single day.
"SoCalGas is proud to take part in this one-day event to help mentor young people who aspire to be a part of the foodservice field," said Dan Rendler, director of customer programs and assistance at SoCalGas. "Natural gas is such an important part of the restaurant business, so we're happy to help give students some helpful tips on getting a job, making a strong contribution, and working their way up in their careers."
Natural gas plays a vital role in the restaurant industry as it provides an affordable and reliable way to cook. In a survey of 100 professional chefs from across the U.S., 96 reported they prefer natural gas cooktops, and 68 prefer gas ovens, according to The Daily Meal." There are more than 37,000 restaurants and 22,000 commercial kitchens in SoCalGas' service territory alone.
During the event, volunteers will lead the three-hour FIT training at each high school. Students will learn how to write a resume, interview, read a paycheck, move up in a career, and more. Industry volunteers will also bring the lessons to life with real-world examples and experience.
"What an amazing opportunity to have employers from the local community teaching young people how to land their first job," said Alycia Harshfield, Executive Director of CRAF. "For 75 percent of the students we serve, this is the only job-readiness course they receive in high school. We are so grateful to SoCalGas for taking the time to invest in our students."
Restaurants have a major role to play in youth employment. Nearly one in three people got their start in restaurants. First jobs are also critical to fostering soft skills like teamwork, customer service, and responsibility. SoCalGas and CRAF are teaming up to provide youth the skills, certifications and resources they need to land that all-important first job.
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