City hotels launch pilot apprenticeship

Sheffield hotels launch apprenticeship pilot
Sheffield hotels launch apprenticeship pilot
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Four city hotels are seeking talented budding junior chefs to join their kitchen staff, as part of a new pilot apprenticeship programme.

Copthorne Hotel Sheffield, DoubleTree Sheffield Park, Kenwood Hall Hotel and Mosborough Hall Hotel are all taking part in the training to uncover the next generation of talent, launching the new one-year pilot recently.

As well as taking on new recruits in the next academic year, the programme aims to develop the skills and qualifications of existing staff at the four city hotels. The apprentices train in the workplace and spend time studying in the classroom at The Sheffield College’s City campus on Granville Road.

The award-winning Sheffield College has a national reputation for catering and hospitality, and offers a range of bakery, catering and hospitality and patisserie courses. The £1.2 million catering wing has industry standard equipment and comprises six training kitchens including a bakery and patisserie. Special features include bread retarders and prover ovens, six walk-in fridges, blast freezers, top of the range ovens, a sous vide suite, a smoking machine for fish, and ice cream machines. There are individual bespoke workstations for each student and an interactive white board in each kitchen.

Kate Stenton, human resources and development manager at Copthorne Hotel Sheffield, said: “We need more people with the right skills to train in the catering and hospitality sector. We know there is some great potential talent in Sheffield. Our aim is to nurture and keep it in the city. Our industry offers exciting job opportunities, and we want new lifeblood coming through. This trial scheme is our response to that challenge. We are pleased that The Sheffield College is supporting us, given its strong reputation in the catering and hospitality sector.”

As well as junior chefs, the apprenticeship programme is also seeking to train people in front of house roles.

Lyn Sale, deputy head of learning at The Sheffield College, said: “We are pleased to work with Hospitality Sheffield, which represent the city’s leading hotels and event companies. This innovative approach will ensure our industry develops and grows local talent, and provides exciting and rewarding careers, ensuring employees develop key craft skills.”