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February 22, 2009

Hotel group invests in the chefs of the future

QHotels has recently launched a Chef Academy with the aim of enticing new talent into the kitchens of the collection’s 21 hotels, as well as honing the skills of the groups existing and up-and-coming talent.

Looking to develop culinary talents in the chefs of the future, the apprenticeship, which is aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds, has been set up in association with VT Training, the UK’s leading and largest work-based training provider, and is being sponsored by specialist hospitality recruitment consultancy Platinum Recruitment,.

“QHotels’ Chef Academy is different from a straightforward apprenticeship programme, as it goes over and above regular training,” explains Gareth Griffiths-Horton, VT Training’s national account manager. “A variety of tailored modules have been specifically designed to give the apprentice chefs a broader knowledge of the industry, as well as fire their imaginations and inspire them in their chosen career.”

In addition to professional onsite training at various QHotels properties, the apprentices will take part in a number of professional workshops, which will allow them to work alongside industry suppliers and explore raw materials at sites including Smithfield Meat Market and Spitalfields Market for Fruit ande Vegetables.

 “Over the last year QHotels has conducted some extensive recruitment and retention research, which highlighted a skills shortage within the catering sector,” commented the hotel company’s group training manager Sarah Hoskin. 

“As a result, we set about thinking of a way in which we could ensure that QHotels is both growing and retaining its own chefs of the future, and as a result this academy has been born.”

The Chef Academy will run over the next 14 months, and will see its first 10 apprentices graduate in March 2010.

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