This is a special encore edition of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. This segment originally aired on Nov. 15, 2019.

Restaurants have been hit particularly hard by the low national unemployment rate. The industry is already scrambling to find enough workers to fill current openings, and the number of jobs is projected to grow 14 percent by 2028. One local organization is successfully working to close that gap. The Boston-based New England Center for Arts and Technology, or NECAT, provides chronically unemployed adults with professional culinary and life skills training and places them in kitchen jobs throughout Greater Boston.


Joey Cuzzi - executive director of NECAT.

Bob Krajewski - chef and instructor at NECAT.

Randy Brimley - a recent NECAT graduate and current bread baker at Whole Foods in Dedham, Mass.