Hilton Worldwide is launching a 12-month apprenticeship programme for up to 20 chefs of the future.
Open to anyone of any age, the Chef Apprenticeship Academy will combine college-based courses with on-the-job training across 15 participating hotels, out of 90 Hilton Worldwide properties across the UK.
Highlights of the programme include executive chef masterclasses, an insight into the workings of Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows, personal mentoring and the chance to compete for the Chef Apprentice of the Year award.
Ben Bengougam, vice-president of human resources for Europe at Hilton Worldwide, said that the programme will provide the opportunity for budding young chefs to learn from some of the best chefs in the business.
"The Chef Apprenticeship Academy is aimed at nurturing and developing a new generation of chefs, with each participant having the prospect of a full-time commis chef role on completion of the programme," he said.
Each apprentice is fully funded, including tuition fees and travel expenses, and will receive a salary during the programme.
Working in partnership with Westminster Kingsway College, the aim is to achieve an NVQ level 2 in professional cookery, with the option to progress to NVQ level 3.
Applications for the Chef Apprenticeship Academy are being considered until the end of September, with the programme starting immediately afterwards. Details are available at www.careersathilton.com
By Janet Harmer
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