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what is mezze school?

Mezze School is a training program for refugees and immigrants in restaurant business. We provide tools to improve their technical and social skills and increase the chances of access to employment. The course was developed in partnership between Pão a Pão Association and the Lisbon School of Hospitality and Tourism (EHTL), in a project supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's Cidadãos Activ@s program.

Training at Mezze Escola has a duration of six months, divided between a theoretical-practical component, taught at the School itself, and a practical component in a work context, developed at the Mezze restaurant as well as in partner restaurants. After the training, Pão a Pão Association will make a bridge with employers, to facilitate professional internships and job opportunities.

We offer

. Restaurant course with 540 hours of training worth 5000€ (totally FREE for selected students)

. Training certificate

. Financial aid (food and transportation subsidies)

. Job opportunities through partnerships with restaurant companies

. Social dynamics activities 

. Personal development support


Access Conditions

. 18 years old or older

. Immigrants, refugees, or asylum seekers

. Residency title (definitive or provisional)

. NIF and NISS numbers

. Some command of Portuguese language

. Available for rotating, day and night shifts


Valuation Criteria

. Do not benefit from state reception aid

. Women

. Young adults up to 30 years old

. Have passion for cooking/restoration

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