FREE training is now available across the Capital to help the smaller companies in London’s Hotel and Catering industry prepare to seize the new business opportunities resulting from the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5, the new Wembley Stadium and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics – and lay firm foundations for long-term growth.
The 2-year, Skills4Catering project, providing a wide range of courses
leading to nationally-recognised qualifications, is financed by the European Social Fund and the Learning Skills Council and managed by Thames Valley University (TVU) which has an international reputation for its Hotel and Catering expertise.
“If people are working for a small catering company,” says Hamid Momtahan, Business Development Manager of TVU, “it can be very expensive for their employer to provide them with all the training they need to develop their full potential, even though their new skills will help grow the business. It can also be difficult for the self-employed to spare the money when they first start up, to get the training they need to be successful.”
The Skills4Catering’s NVQ Level 3 courses available at various London
locations, in a variety of formats, include: Professional Cookery, Patisserie and Confectionery, Customer Services, Management, Computing and training to take on the role of an employer’s own NVQ assessor.
Stephen Scuffell, the Head Chef at the Crown Moran Hotel, has an 80% staff retention rate, which he believes is a direct result of his strong commitment to staff development and has already taken advantage of FREE training on an earlier project: “Training is definitely the key to a successful career in catering. We have people here who started as kitchen porters, who could not have afforded to pay for the necessary training themselves, now working for us as chefs.”
This FREE training is open to residents in the UK with the right to work, living or working in Greater London, who are self-employed or employed by a company in the Hotel and Catering industry with up to 250 employees.