NewCom­misChef Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gram­me­launch

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

AN op­por­tu­nity for Louth’s as­pir­ing chefs has just been re­vealed as the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills, Richard Bru­ton launched an in­dus­try-led Na­tional Com­mis Chef Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme will pro­vide young as­pir­ing chefs in Louth and across the coun­try with a two–year for­mal ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing pro­gramme to be­gin their ca­reers as pro­fes­sional chefs. The pro­gramme, the only one of its kind in the coun­try, is sup­ported by a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Ir­ish Ho­tels Fed­er­a­tion (IHF), the Restau­rants As­so­ci­a­tion of Ire­land (RAI), the Ir­ish Hos­pi­tal­ity In­sti­tute (IHI), In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy (IOTs) and Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Boards (ETBs). Over 110 places are avail­able na­tion­ally ini­tially and all those who have a keen in­ter­est in and a cre­ative flair for cook­ing are en­cour­aged to ap­ply. The scheme is avail­able to young peo­ple aged over 16 years, ex­ist­ing kitchen staff and any­one else who wishes to gain an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Launch­ing the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills, Richard Bru­ton, TD, said: ‘I am de­lighted to launch the new Com­mis Chef Ap­pren­tice­ship to­day. This new na­tional ap­pren­tice­ship of­fers a wel­come path­way to a ca­reer in the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor, where ap­pren­tices will learn crit­i­cal skills to suc­ceed in their field.

‘One of the great­est ca­su­al­ties of the re­ces­sion were ap­pren­tice­ships. I am keen not only re­verse this trend and re­build tra­di­tional path­ways but to sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pand ap­pren­tice­ships into new in­dus­tries.

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