Network of training centres launched to support school cooks

20 November 2007 by
Network of training centres launched to support school cooks

The School Food Trust (SFT) has revealed the first in what it hopes will become a national network of training centres tasked with improving the skills of school cooks.

School FEAST (Food Excellence and Skills Training) centres are part of a £2m Government backed initiative to provide training for those involved in school meal provision.

Eleven centres make up the first group and will begin to provide hands-on cooking lessons to NVQ level 2 and beyond qualifications from February 2008.

Judy Hargadon, chief executive of the SFT, said: "This announcement sees the beginning of a training revolution for school cooks and other school staff."

"School food has deserved importance to the health and wellbeing of hundreds and thousands of children and young people. It is only right that we equip school cooks and those involved in school food with the skills and training they require."

The first eleven centres:

The South

  • Ashburton Cookery School and its partner City College Plymouth

  • City of Bristol College and its partner Bristol Chefs Forum

  • Kent Country Council and its partner KEY Training Provider

  • Oxford and Cherwell Valley College and partners Oxfordshire local authority; Scolarest; St Gregory the Great School; and Cheney School

  • South East Essex College

  • Yeovil College and its partner Somerset College

The Midlands

  • Bournville College and its partner Birmingham City Council

  • Northamptonshire Country Council and partners Moulton College; Northampton College; Bedford College; and Tresham College

  • Royal Agricultural College and partners Cirencester College; Gloucestershire College; Stroud College; and Swindon College

The North

  • St Helens College

School FEAST >>

School meals round-up >>
School Food Trust >>
Two school meals contracts up for grabs in North-west London >>

Jamie Oliver slams government for not supporting school meals reform >>
Crisis in school kitchens? >>

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