Success stories

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall

Inspired by the celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver, the Fifteen Cornwall restaurant is part of a public-private social enterprise with a mission to empower those who need a second or third chance.

The Jamie Oliver Foundation exists to inspire disadvantaged young people - homeless, unemployed, overcoming drug or alcohol problems - to believe that they can create for themselves great careers in the restaurant industry.

Since 2006, a Jamie Oliver branded restaurant in Newquay has been giving troubled 16 to 24 year olds in the region the opportunity to train as chefs within a nationally-recognised 15-month intensive apprenticeship programme. All trainees were previously unemployed and many are dealing with serious challenges such as suspended prison sentences, criminal records, substance misuse, mental illness, disability or domestic abuse as well as a lack of education and training.

Key to the programme’s success is a unique welfare support system that helps young people access the programme, stay on board and overcome any personal or family-related barriers that hold them back.

This social enterprise has entertained hundreds of thousands of people who have loved the restaurant’s fantastic food; their custom and support has directly helped transform the lives of apprentices.

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