Chefs from Monaghan and Cavan gathered for a special mentoring workshop last week to support the National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme workshop, supported by Fáilte Ireland and other tourism industry bodies. The workshop, which was held in the Cavan Institute of Technology, was held to assist existing industry mentors who have apprentice commis chefs in training to employ the necessary practical coaching and mentoring skills.
Determined To Ensure Success
Paul Hayden, head of tourism careers at Fáilte Ireland, commented, "The chefs gathered to share their experiences via mentoring to what we hope will be the next generation of great Irish chefs. Fáilte Ireland, these experienced mentors and the hospitality industry in general are very much determined to ensure the success of the new apprenticeship scheme, which is aimed at helping to fill vacancies in the culinary and hospitality industry."
Career Starting Point
Hayden added that the commis chef apprenticeship is the starting point for a career as a professional chef, saying, "It’s a formal structured two year education and training programme incorporating periods of off-the job knowledge and skills development in a college or centre with work-based knowledge and skills development in a hotel or restaurant kitchen. It allows the participant to gain an internationally recognised qualification in cookery with their employer of choice and gives them the opportunity to progress to senior culinary positions within the culinary and hospitality industry."
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