JOBS & CAREERS SPRING 2018 - 28
on a plate
Aspiring chefs at Thwaites Hotels & Inns are being given an exciting new
opportunity with the launch of the company's Chef Academy
rom cooking masterclasses
to lessons in food trends
and personal development,
Daniel Thwaites' Chef
Academy is a mix of practical training
and academic learning, all done while
working and being paid.
The 12-month programme
has been designed by the
company's executive head
chefs in conjunction with
HIT Training, the largest
apprenticeship provider in
the hospitality industry.
to open the doors to another 40 people in
the next year. Each participant will work to
achieve a nationally recognised apprentice
qualification on completing the course.
The balance of practical and theory
offered through the academy provides
a great blend for learners
to take their career to the
next level, and Thwaites is
hopeful the team members
completing the course
will become the chef stars
who take the company's
kitchens into the future.
"Being a chef
is a great
James Peyton, regional
head chef for Thwaites
Inns, is one of those who helped
develop the academy. "This is a fantastic
opportunity," he says. "Our kitchen teams
can check out the career pathways open
to them at Thwaites and what skills
they will need, and this academy will
help them achieve their ambition.
"Students get to learn skills and put
them into practice the very next day - and
achieve a qualification along the way."
Around 15 people are now embarking
on the Chef Academy and Thwaites aims
Bread and butter
As part of the academy,
Thwaites's students will
enjoy cooking masterclasses delivered by
HIT Training's professional chef trainers,
learning about everything from protein
and vegetables to bread and dough.
Other highlights of the course include
visits to local suppliers, competitor
experience, negotiation and presentation
skills, and a dedicated mentor.
"The academy is all about developing
our chefs - it allows people to see
what working in a kitchen is like and
hopefully opens their eyes to a great
career in catering," says Steve White,
executive head chef at Kettering Park
Hotel & Spa, who also helped develop
the academy. "Being a chef is a great
career choice - whether you are 16
or 60, it's full of opportunity."
Open to all
Thwaites' Chef Academy is open to
anyone who works in the kitchens at
the company's inns and hotels, and is
also offered to new recruits who are
interested in progressing their career.
"It's been a real pleasure working
with Thwaites on its Chef Academy,"
says Jill Whittaker, managing director
at HIT Training. "The very fact that
the programme is open to anyone in
the business who is keen to build and
progress a successful career in catering
means it aligns perfectly with our
passion for supporting and nurturing
hospitality talent of the future."
For more information
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