Marcella O'Donovan, principal of the Tante Marie cookery school on a scholarship opportunity worth taking
As principal of Tante Marie, one of the UK's longest established cookery schools, I have seen the hospitality sector growing at an alarming rate and with the build up to the 2012 Olympics this can only accelerate.
Caterer and Hotelkeeper recently reported this number at 1.64 million new recruits needed in the industry over the next eight years, which is a challenge for sure.
This is where cookery schools can play a key role in training industry professionals and providing a workforce with a solid foundation of basic skills and knowledge of food.
As part of our drive to source new recruits to the industry ahead of the Olympics, Tante Marie, in association with caterer Absolute Taste, are offering a scholarship place on our 12-month Cordon Bleu Diploma course worth up to 100% of the course fee.
I'd implore anyone interested in furthering their career in catering to embrace this opportunity. Scholarships really can help those with the right talent, who cannot afford the fees, to enter and contribute to the industry.
Our tie up with Absolute Taste also provides the opportunity for the scholar to undertake a work placement with the company on completion of their training, giving them an insight into the world of top-end catering with clients such as the McClaren F1 team and Gordon Ramsay.
The crucial element of scholarships, which combine training with work experience, is the opportunity they provide beyond basic training. Potential recruits to the industry can enrol on a Cordon Bleu Diploma course, or can complete an NVQ in Food Preparation and Cooking. This is a good starting point, but the direct link to the industry provided by schools such as Tante Marie are what make scholarships such a fantastic opportunity for the right person.
The industry must embrace the principal of encouraging people to consider this career path, and scholarships are a fantastic starting point. Don't let this opportunity pass you by, get in touch by 16 July by logging onto the Tante Marie website.
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