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Fáilte Ireland Mentoring Scheme Helps Chefs Prep For New Additions


Up to 30 chefs from across Dublin have, over the last two days (19/20th September 2017), learned how they can support aspiring chefs to join the hospitality industry as they took part in a two-day ‘Commis Chef Mentoring Programme’ run by Fáilte Ireland at the Cooks Academy and in Brooks Hotel, Dublin.

This new Commis Chef Mentoring Programme is part of Fáilte Ireland’s response to address the skills shortage that currently exists within the culinary industry. The new programme will prepare current practitioners to provide aspiring future chefs with a rich experience within the workplace as new entrants to the industry enroll for the brand new Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme which has been developed by SOLAS with the support of Fáilte Ireland, the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) and the Restaurants association of Ireland (RAI).

Speaking about the mentoring programme, Director of Business Development in Fáilte Ireland, Paul Keeley explained:

“A very significant part of the new Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme will be work based learning so it is crucial that the training and support available within the workplace will be of a high standard. Fáilte Ireland is determined to ensure the success of the new apprenticeship scheme and we are very much focused on working with the industry at ground level to create the best educational environment to deliver great Irish chefs for years to come.”

The two day workshop focuses on the importance of being a mentor. Niall Mc Kenna, from James Street South, Belfast spoke about the role of the mentor and the importance of nurturing people in the workplace. Welcoming the importance of the Mentoring Programme as a key input to prepare the industry to play its role in the Commis Chef Apprenticeship programme, Tim Fenn, Chief Executive of the Irish Hotels Federation stated:“This commis chef apprenticeship programme presents a great opportunity for those who are interested in pursuing a culinary career with an earn and learn model. Mentors have an important leadership role to play. They have the potential to change the way we attract, develop and retain new people into our industry.”

Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurant Association further emphasised –“The Commis Chef Programme is one step on the road to solving the skills shortage our sector. We are delighted that Failte Ireland in association with our colleagues in the Irish Hotels Federation have delivered on our commitment to establish a Commis Chef Programme for the sector with the support of Solas and ETBI. It’s imperative that restaurants and hospitality businesses feed into the apprenticeship scheme locally and utilise the opportunity to upskill existing staff who want to pursue a career as a Chef or take on an apprentice chef in their establishment.”

Today’s event is the first of a number of Commis Chef Mentoring Programmes Fáilte Ireland is holding across the country over the next number of weeks. Subsequent workshops include events planned for midlands, west and south will also involve guidance from leaders in the industry.

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