ICT is a non-profit chef’s school in Cape Town, South Africa. Our 12-week course teaches the basic cooking and life skills required
for immediate placement in the professional kitchen. ICT helps bridge the gap between poverty and jobs by providing graduates
with the tools and confidence to take their first crucial step toward a productive and self-sustaining future.
Our work doesn’t stop when a student graduates. We remain in contact with our students and their employers (and, in some cases, the students’ families) to ensure a smooth transition into the professional world.
As of today, 78% of the 2011 students have jobs. Our goal is to maintain a consistent, year-after-year employment rate of 85-90%.
Who We Are
Our Executive Director, Barry Berman, is active in every facet of the school’s daily operations and long-term vision. He offers his
time and efforts pro bono.
ICT has a devoted Board of Directors, people whose expertise and tremendous hearts help steer our mission.
And, of course, our Contributors, without whom we would not exist. As a grassroots organization, ICT continues to depend on the interest and care of our past and future contributors.
Where The Money Goes
Tuition is free to all students. Otherwise, none could afford to attend. Candidates are carefully screened for desire, commitment
and dedication to personal growth. Our budget determines our class size. In order to ensure close, individual attention to each
student, we are able to accept 12-13 students to each class session, representing fewer than 15% of applicants.
It takes approximately $50,000 (ZAR400,000) to operate the school for one year. This is on top of our food costs, most of which
are currently donated, as are the student uniforms and shoes. Visit our Contributors Page to see the great people and companies
who help support us.
Funds collected pay for teachers’ salaries; kitchen, classroom and office rent; printing and classroom supplies; car and gasoline;
phones, banking fees (expensive in South Africa), student assistance and website maintenance. A small fraction of our budget is
used for fundraising expenses. Not a penny is squandered — ever.
Currently, we are able to train 35-40 people per year during three 12-week class sessions. Then we place the graduates into jobs. The results are immediate. Some of the students’ stories are amazing.