Established in April 2017 with a Department of Education & Training Capacity and Innovation Fund Grant and a City of Ballarat Social Enterprise Grant, Our Kitchen Social Enterprise started as a 2 day per week, 16-week employability skills development course, called Enterprising Communities.
A catering social enterprise, it services local community members, organisations and businesses. The multicultural menu uses fresh produce, from our Our Kitchen Garden and SecondBite rescued food. There is a focus on using low sugar and fat recipes, and all products are made from scratch.
In 2018, Enterprising Communities was restructured to became Cooking up Jobs, and a 16 week Commercial Kitchen Skills course was added. During the year Our Kitchen Social Enterprise was created to encompass all our hospitality training,
A Victorian State Government Multicultural Capacity Building and Participation grant will fund a new Baking and Language Skills course for 2019. In addition, 2 years funding from the RE Ross Trust will allow the Our Kitchen Social Enterprise program to run 5 days per week from January 2019.