Fáilte Ireland hosts special mentoring workshop for chefs

 Thursday, September 19, 2019 


In a bid to support the Chef De Partie Apprenticeship Programme workshop, Chefs from Cork this week gathered for a special mentoring workshop at the Institute of Technology, Cork in Ireland.


The workshop was held by Fáilte Ireland to assist existing industry mentors who have apprentice Chefs De Partie in employing the necessary coaching and mentoring skills. This forms part of the National Tourism Development Authority’s response to address the skills shortage that exists within the culinary industry.


Members engaged in a review of both national/local labour market conditions and skills shortages and agreed that what was required was an education and training programme that provided progression pathways from level 6 – 9, whilst still working in industry. This means that chefs gain valuable experience as well as an academic qualification.


Paul Hayden – Head of Tourism Careers with Fáilte Ireland said, “Fáilte Ireland continues to work in partnership with industry and education bodies in the development and roll out of the National Chef Apprenticeship programme, which is aimed at helping fill vacancies in the tourism and hospitality sector. We hope the Chef De Partie and Sous Chef Apprenticeships will produce the next generation of great Irish chefs.”


The Consortium Steering Group for Chefs De Partie was established in 2015. Its membership consists of representatives from the Irish Hotels Federation, the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI), the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI), Euro-toques Ireland, the Catering Management Association of Ireland (CMAI), Institutes of Technology (IOTs), the Panel of Chefs and representatives from Fáilte Ireland and SOLAS.


Dr Noel Murray, Head of Department of Tourism & Hospitality at CIT said, “We are delighted to continue our long-standing collaboration with our regional stakeholders, as we welcome our first cohort of students on the BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts – Sous Chef Apprenticeship. This is a great opportunity for chefs working at the highest level in our local restaurants and hotels to gain a level 8 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), through an apprenticeship programme.”


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