Jamie Oliver has been working with the registered charity, Cornwall Foundation of Promise since the restaurant opened in 2006 to ensure that young people from Cornwall in need of a second chance could be given a bright future. The chef training programme has trained over 100 disadvantaged young people.
Not only has the restaurant helped to empower young people, Fifteen Cornwall claims that is has had a £12 million impact on the economy. This could be because of a number of reasons including the purchase of kitchen equipment, people eating out, restaurant insurance, overnight hotel stays and the transport in Cornwall.
Fifteen Cornwall currently employ 99 people with 16 of those being apprentices and 80 of those staff who work full time.
Chief executive, Dave Meneer explains that the restaurant is turning over in excess of £3 million a year and 80% of the money they spend on ingredients goes on 30 local suppliers.
One of the graduates from the restaurant Sam, who now has two full time jobs stated that he was actually in prison before the process of the application and said “It gave me a lot more focus to be able to get my life back on track, get myself a career and earn a decent, honest living and find something that I believe in and have a passion in. Without Fifteen I’d be back in prison again.”
Meneer explains that it is a success story not just on a restaurant level to be a posh restaurant on top of the beach, but on a tourism level and to train kids up and get them through.
Chairmain of the Trustees, Henry Ashworth said “These young people go through a guelling 18-month programme that isn’t easy, but they come out with vocational training and more importantly, inspiration to take them forward to start a career. In most cases these people have never had vocational training, are not in employment or education and have not got qualifications”.
Quotesearcher believes that this is great news and would like to send our congratulations to Jamie Oliver and everyone at Fifteen Cornwall.