The Colour Kitchen

Learning and working in the catering industry

Many young people in the municipality of Utrecht struggle to find work. Despite having plenty of ambition, they don't know where to start, don't have a degree and only have limited work experience. The Colour Kitchen is giving them a leg up.

The organisation is offering a special course to young people between 17 and 35, focused on hotels, restaurants, cafés and catering. The participants will get straight to work in the catering businesses of The Colour Kitchen, where they will apply everything they learn on the job. A learn-to-work programme like this ensures that students are well-prepared for the job market, with an accredited diploma and important job experience.

Independent and self-sufficient

One of the key strengths of The Colour Kitchen is the positive, individual attention it gives the participants. This special attention builds young people's self-confidence while helping them feel at home. They have work every day, make guests feel comfortable and have friendly colleagues. The course teaches them to become more independent and self-reliant. The learn-to-work programme truly makes a difference in their lives.

How Rabobank Foundation is helping

We have been involved with this successful social enterprise for many years. Rabobank Foundation and the Start Foundation are issuing a Social Impact Bond to help 250 young people in the municipality of Utrecht to get a job. All of them are currently without sufficient credentials. A Social Impact Bond is a dedicated investment that rewards successful outcomes on the basis of predetermined criteria. Via an innovative public-private financing construct, the municipality of Utrecht ultimately gives the investors – in this case Rabobank Foundation and Start Foundation – and the social enterprise a return on their investment once the students receive their diplomas and find a job.

  • Alexander, 20, works at The Colour Kitchen

    “I love serving my customers a first-rate cup of coffee”

  • Farid, 35, trainee chef at The Colour Kitchen

    “I’m proud of myself – not of everything I’ve done, but of my outlook on life”