Southern California Gas Co (SoCalGas) has partnered with the California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF) for a new programme focusing on youth employment.
The partnership aims to help prepare Los Angeles-area high school students enrolled in culinary programs for their first jobs.
SoCalGas employees will provide guidance on things like resume-writing, interview skills and handling typical job expectations.
This one-day classroom takeover, called Force In Training (FIT), will be hosted in 50 high schools across the state, training nearly 3,500 students on a single day.
Dan Rendler, director of customer programs and assistance at SoCalGas, said: “SoCalGas is proud to take part in this one-day event to help mentor young people who aspire to be a part of the foodservice field.
“Natural gas is such an important part of the restaurant business, so we’re happy to help give students some helpful tips on getting a job, making a strong contribution, and working their way up in their careers.”
Alycia Harshfield, executive director of CRAF, added: “What an amazing opportunity to have employers from the local community teaching young people how to land their first job.
“For 75 percent of the students we serve, this is the only job-readiness course they receive in high school. We are so grateful to SoCalGas for taking the time to invest in our students.”