Workshop has recipe for future success

Chefs at IT Tralee with Oliver O’Sullivan and Caroline Byrne, Fáilte Ireland.
Pictures: Gerard McCarthy

CHEFS from the Munster region this week gathered for a special mentoring workshop at the Institute of Technology, Tralee to support the new Chef De Partie Apprenticeship Programme workshop, promoted by Fáilte Ireland and other tourism industry bodies.

The event was designed to assist existing industry mentors who have apprentice chefs in training to employ the necessary practical coaching and mentoring skills in response to address the skills shortage within the culinary industry.

A steering group for the project included representatives of the Irish Hotels Federation, Restaurants Association of Ireland, Irish Hospitality Institute, Euro-toques Ireland, the Catering Management Association of Ireland, Institutes of Technology and representatives from Fáilte Ireland and SOLAS.

Mark Murphy, lecturer at IT Tralee giving a demonstration to the group of apprentice chefs

Members engaged in a review of labour market conditions and skills shortages and agreed that what was required was an education and training programme that provided progression pathways whilst still working in industry.

Head of Tourism Careers in Fáilte Ireland, Paul Hayden, said a very significant part of the programme is that the apprentice will experience alternating phases of on and off the job training, so it is crucial that the training and support available within the workplace is of a high standard.

“Fáilte Ireland is determined to ensure the success of this new apprenticeship scheme to create the best educational environment for apprentices through the hosting of mentoring workshops,” he said.

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