Every six months, we recruit around 40 disadvantaged youths (16-22 years old) who come from extremely difficult life circumstances. These include young people living in poverty, who may abandoned, orphaned, abused, involved in exploitative employment, neglected, in conflict with the law, or with parents suffering from addictions or mental health problems, and other troubled backgrounds and situations.
We tap into a wide network of sources to identify target youths. The trainee recruitment process usually takes up to three months, depending on the number of applications received.
Collect information of candidates
Invite candidates to open day
Successful candidates notified
Candidate becomes KOTO trainee
After collecting information on potential trainees, we invite them to our Open Day where they receive more information about living and training with us. They also fill out a questionnaire about themselves and sit basic literacy and mathematics tests. We interview those candidates who have made it to this stage and then visit the homes of suitable applicants.
Successful candidates are then invited to a four-week trial period with us and are provided with initial health checks, vaccinations, uniforms, laundry, meals, accommodation in shared housing, and a monthly training allowance.
Candidates who pass the orientation become official trainees, and come to learn and work at our training restaurants.