Government plans ‘curry college' to train British workers in Asian cooking

21 November 2011 by
Government plans ‘curry college' to train British workers in Asian cooking

Communities secretary Eric Pickles is to launch a "curry college" to teach British workers how to perfect the art of Asian and Oriental cooking, as part of the Government's new strategy on integration, to be published soon.

The move is expected to come in response to the skills crisis in the £3.2bn curry industry, triggered by a migration cap, which makes recruiting chefs from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan difficult for UK restaurants. However, there were few details on what form the scheme would take and what financial backing it would receive.

The Guardian said the plan was part of an integration strategy which has taken months to complete but is expected to get approval from Downing Street and be published shortly.

The draft paper will see the strategy broken down into four strands: establishing common ground; increasing social mobility; improving participation; and countering intolerance and extremism.

The curry college is expected to fall under the heading of "increasing social mobility". An early paper for the "integration and tolerance working group", entitled Creating the Conditions for Integration, said: "The Indian restaurant sector has already approached the Government to explore how they can be supported to recruit and train British workers. Changes must come from the sector but the Government will work with them to identify barriers and short-term support."

Ethnic restaurateurs call for migration cap changes >>

Migration cap comes into force >>

Migration rule changes will lead to restaurant closures, warns BHA >>

Migration cap fuels fears of skills crisis >>

By Neil Gerrard

E-mail your comments to Neil Gerrard here.

If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with jobs

Blogs on ]( Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[E-newsletters]([ For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our E-newsletters
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking