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Stage Two

Stage Two

Stage Two

(M-W-F 9am-Noon)

“In The Kitchen” is a practical, hands-on apprenticeship that will teach each student what it means to have a job. While students will work in a kitchen environment, students will learn best practices in a number of employment disciplines including workplace attitude and motivation, working with others and working for a manager. Students will gain valuable kitchen skills and receive a food handler’s permit at the end of this stage. The job skills learned in stage two will benefit the student in a wide range of work environments.

Five weeks of work experience in a catering kitchen:

  • Students will learn to be a “Brand Ambassador” by helping to sell and market TWP Catering at every delivery through interactions with customers.
  • Receive a food handler’s permit (for food service safety and sanitation) after successful completion of the program.
  • Learn food production and presentation in a commercial-style catering kitchen.
  • Gain the ability to process written as well as verbal instructions.
  • Get experience working individually and as a team to accomplish daily production tasks.
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About The Whole Person Catering

The Whole Person Catering is a social enterprise sponsored by The Whole Person, a Missouri Center for Independent Living headquartered in Kansas City MO. We serve a gourmet menu of sandwiches, salads, sides, delicious desserts and beverages. The Whole Person Catering is staffed by participants in EmployAbilities, a comprehensive employment training program for job seekers living with a developmental disability administered by The Whole Person.

Mission Statement: The Whole Person Catering will prepare people with disabilities for competitive employment.

EmployAbilities is a program of The Whole Person's Employment Services Team:

April Schmidt

TWP Employment Services Manager


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