The aim of the programme this year was to help young people who have expressed an interest in a career working in a kitchen to have opportunity of gaining the experience and to encourage this ambition within them. Unfortunately there has been a decline in young people wanting to follow a career in Chefing and we saw this as great opportunity to raise profiles for this career.
It was more than a pleasure to be working with the Prince’s Trust again this year. Most of the young people on the programme this year worked in one of our six kitchens, working alongside our Head Chefs and their teams, learning the basics of cookery and understanding what it was like to work in a Kitchen.
12 young people from Teignmouth to Brixham completed the programme this year. Some of the young people have had no or very little work experience but found that working in a kitchen was an extremely enjoyable experience. Please see below some of the comments from the young people:
‘Over the two weeks I gained a better understanding of what is involved in hospitality’.
‘It was an absolute privilege to be able to learn from Nick Coombes – he knows so much about cooking.’
‘I got a real feel about how hospitality works, and really liked working in the kitchen.’
At the end of the programme the get hired day was a great success and four employers from around the bay attended; The Imperial Hotel, Restaurant 21, Vaughans and Pierpoint. A representative from each establishment came to interview all the candidates to give them a good chance of making an impression and hopefully gaining employment. The feedback was very encouraging. The college also came along to the get hired day and spoke to the young people and employees about apprenticeships and other development opportunities.
The presentation day was a great success, all the young people where given the opportunity to design a plate of food for the presentation day buffet, this looked amazing and the young people really showed what they had learnt during the programme and how to win over all who attended, with how their food looked and tasted.
We are so proud to have worked with the Prince’s Trust since 2012 and have seen over 70 young people through the programme here at TLH Leisure.
Once again thank you to all the managers, staff and employers and community that took place in supporting the programme again this year.
Mary-Ann Fudge Training and Development Manager