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what is mezze school?

Mezze School is a training program for refugees and immigrants in restaurant business. Tolls will be given to improve their technical and social skills and increase their chances of accessing employment. Mezze School his is a partnership between the 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.

The training at Mezze School will have a first theoretical and practical component, taught at the EHTL, and a practical component in a work context, developed at Mezze restaurant (three months each, that is, six months in total). In the last phase, the Pão a Pão will make a bridge with employers, to facilitate professional internships and job opportunities.

Trainees who complete it will receive a Training Certificate issued by EHTL.

We offer

— Catering course with 540 training hours worth 5000€ (free for selected students)

— Training certificate

— Subsidies (food and transport allowance)

— Job opportunities through partnerships with other companies

— Social dynamics activities

— Actions to strengthen the values of respect and understanding among the various communities

— Support for personal development

who can apply

Access conditions

— Over 18 years old

— Migrants or people with refugee/asylum status

— Have a residence permit (definitive or provisional)

— NIF and NISS

— Be available for rotating shifts, day and night

Interested people will have to complete this pre-registration form. This will be

followed by a personal interview and then a final selection of candidates.

Confirmation of participation will be communicated to the applicant by e-mail.

Valuation criteria

— Not benefiting from state foster care support

— Women

— Young adults up to 30 years old

— Have some experience in the catering area

— Have been in Portugal for at least 3 years

— Speak Arabic

— Have a passion for cooking/restaurating

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