Employment Transition Kitchen Assistant

Gain essential kitchen and employability skills in a supported environment, with this 25-week program designed for students with diverse learning needs. Take part in employability courses, industry certifications and essential kitchen skill development for work in a professional kitchen. A job shadow and a 4-week work experience placement is included. 

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: TBD
Length: 25 weeks
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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It’s wonderful to watch students gain confidence in their skills in the kitchen and discover the joy of cooking.

Chef Al Irving, NIC culinary instructor

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Program Requirements

Course offerings for the Employment Transition Kitchen Assistant program are:

  • ACL-020 Workplace Literacy for Food Service Workers
  • ACL-010 Workplace Safety & Health promotion
  • ACL-030 Math, Measurement, and Money Skills for Work
  • ACL-040 Work Search & Interview Skills
  • ACL-042 Career Exploration – Job Shadow Work Experience
  • ACL-044 Advanced Work Experience
  • ACL-012 Ware Washing & Service
  • ACL-014 Kitchen Basics
  • ACL-016 Basic Food Preparation

Admission Requirements

  • Identified executive functioning challenge, barrier to learning
  • Students must have an interest in working in the food service industry
  • Attend intake interview and functional assessment in the kitchen with instructional team

Note: North Island College staff are available and happy to support unique student needs as well as assist with course planning and the admission process. Please contact the Department of Accessible Learning Services for more information.

To Be Successful

Students must successfully complete all courses.

Students should have an interest and motivation to participate in learning about the world of work, specifically the food service industry.  They must be able to work independently and follow instructions in a group setting in the kitchen and classroom.  As well, they must be able to arrange transportation to and from classes and work experience placement.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Kathy O'Donnell

Kathy O

Department Chair, Faculty

Campbell River Campus 250-923-9774 | Location CWG - 224

Erin M Cathro

Erin M Cathro
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8764

Liz Girard

Liz Girard


Accessible Learning, Adult Basic Education

Master of Special Education (Flinder's University, Australia, 2013)


Subjects: Access Education
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5078 | Location TYE - 113
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9772

Neil Holm

Neil Holm
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4103 | Location TYE - 113
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8764

Program Highlights

The Employment Transition Kitchen Assistant program is a supportive program that teaches students essential employability and kitchen skills for work in the food service industry.

Students participate in employability courses that teach behaviors that lead to successful access to, and retention of, employment.  The targeted skills courses in the kitchen provide industry relevant training.  This program also provides an opportunity to gain certificates relevant to the food service field including FoodSafe Level 1, Serving It Right, First Aid, Worker Safety, and WHMIS. 

A career exploration /job shadow and a supported 4 work experience placement where students can practice skills in a professional kitchen environment are included in the program. 

Career Opportunities

Depending on your skills, you may exit to competitive employment, supported work, volunteer positions or further specific skills training. Types of employment will range according to your ability, interests and the local labour market, but may include kitchen assistant or prep cook assistant.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $3,200
NISU Fees $65
Total $3,265

Accessible Learning courses are eligible for an Adult Upgrading Grant and we can help you with the application process to apply for funding.

Find Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.

This program is tuition refund Category 1.