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Iron Works Café Training Program - Manistee


The Iron Works Café Training Program (IWCTP) is a project of The Manistee Community Kitchen. This program offers training and job placement assistance to people in Manistee County.
The training program will take place in a restaurant that is located in the historic Iron Works building in downtown Manistee. The café will be open to the public five days a week and will be operated by the students. The training program will last 12 weeks. This is an unpaid training program. Students will work on a rotating basis in every position in the café, from dishwasher to manager. This process will give students a firsthand view and appreciation of what every worker on the team must deal with on a day to day basis. The program will help build a true team experience in an industry where success is based on the ability of a group of workers to function coherently as a unit.
The trainees will receive hands-on experience while working with professionals from the restaurant industry. All trainees will be required to pass a Serve-Safe test. This will give them a nationally recognized certification in sanitary food service practices that they will take with them. Upon graduation from the program the students will be awarded a certificate of completion from the IWCTP. Both of these certificates will be listed on a resume that students will write for themselves under the direction of Michigan Works. Graduates can then, with the help of IWCTP and Michigan Works, take that resume with them on job interviews.
This program will give graduates the kind of work experience and performance reference that employers are looking for.
Criteria for eligibility for this program are simple. We are looking for people to make a true commitment to make their lives better, a commitment to work hard, a commitment to learn and above all a commitment to treat the public with respect.
If you think that this program might be for you, contact:
NW Michigan Works!
1660 US 31 South
Manistee, MI 49660
(231) 723-2535


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