Chefs from the Munster region gathered for a special mentoring workshop at the Institute of Technology, Tralee last week to support the new Chef De Partie Apprenticeship Programme workshop, supported by Fáilte Ireland and other tourism industry bodies.
The workshop was held by Fáilte Ireland to assist existing industry mentors who have apprentice Chef De Parties’ in training to employ the necessary practical coaching and mentoring skills and as part of Fáilte Ireland’s response to address the skills shortage that currently exist within the culinary industry.
Members engaged in a review of both national/local labour market conditions and skills shortages.
The group agreed that what was required was an education and training programme that provided progression pathways from level 6-9, whilst still working in industry – gaining valuable experiences as well as the academic qualification.
The lead industry partner for the level 7 Chef De Partie Culinary Arts apprenticeship are the Restaurants Association of Ireland and Irish Hotels Federation.