The culinary industry staffing company Snapchef is expanding its operations in Worcester, with plans to open a full-scale commercial kitchen to support its training operations.
The new space, adjacent to Snapchef’s current offices on Southbridge Street, will give local residents access to a free 10-week training program with potential job placements across the region, Snapchef CEO Todd Snopkowski said.
“That will be a full commercial kitchen with classrooms and all the makings of a training scenario, like we have in Springfield and Boston,” Snopkowski said.
The Dorchester-based company, which has said it placed more than 1,300 people with jobs in 2016, now has offices in Springfield, Worcester and Providence. Snapchef trains people in culinary skills and safety certifications, typically partnering with large-scale catering companies and institutions like universities and hospitals to provide temporary and permanent workers.
The company expanded into Springfield last April, with support from the city of Springfield, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, and Develop Springfield.
In the Worcester area, Snapchef works with the food services giant Sodexho and has placed cooks at the DCU Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Snopkowski said. Graduates of the training program have also worked at Gillette Stadium and Foxwoods.
The company recently secured a $225,000 apprenticeship grant from the Employment Board of Hampden County to expand its training operations.