Kickstart Catering: Pathways into the Food Industry course

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  Wednesday 26 Feb 2020 - Thursday 5 Mar 2020

  2:00 pm  - 4:00 pm

Find your feet in the food industry with this exciting new course.

chef at stoveInterested in exploring a future in the food industry? This exciting, new course offers you the opportunity to gain practical catering and hospitality skills, learning from experienced chefs and industry leaders, visiting workplaces, and gaining insider knowhow.

You will also receive individual follow-up support to help you find your place in this exciting and expanding sector, which offers a wider range of roles than many first realise – from cooking in restaurants, bakeries, schools and industrial food production to front-of-house, marketing and management jobs.

The first, skills-based phase of the course will take place on five afternoons over a fortnight. It will include:

  • An introduction to the terminology, tasks and techniques needed for success in the food industry.
  • Masterclasses in essential chef skills and patisserie skills.
  • A focus on front-of-house skills such as body language and presentation.
  • The chance to produce a food experience for invited guests, as you take responsibility for all aspects of a meal, from food preparation to service.

The second phase includes a chosen industry site visit so you get a feel for life in a restaurant, bakery, factory, school or hotel. You will also have the opportunity to attend a day’s training to achieve your food hygiene certification.

The third phase offers one-to-one support and mentoring as you seek career openings, including introductions to key local employers.

Local industry leaders supporting this course include: The Salt Room, Riddle & Finns, Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Varndean School Catering Team and more to be announced soon.

Dates: (you must be able to attend all five practical sessions)

  • Wednesday 26th February, 2-4pm
  • Thursday 27th February, 2-4pm
  • Friday 28th February, 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 4th March, 2-4pm
  • Thursday 5th March, 2-4pm
  • Industry visits will take place during the final week of March
  • Mentoring support meetings will be arranged individually

This course will run again during the week of 27th April and twice more this year, further details will be announced on our website and in our email newsletters.

This programme is funded by the European Social Fund via the London Learning Consortium.

Booking instructions

Who can attend?

  • People who are unemployed/ not currently working (including those returning after sick leave/ caring responsibilities etc)
  • Those aged 16+
  • Those who have not been a full-time student for the last six months.

To apply

Our funder has some further eligibility criteria which we can assess from the brief form below. For those who are eligible, we will arrange a time to meet and go through a few additional questions before booking your space on the course.

    Date of birth


    Ethnic background

    Have you been unemployed/ not studying or working for six months or more?

    Please tick if any of the following apply as these are priority groups for our funders:
    experience of homelessnessex offenderdisability

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    For any questions contact:
    Jo Glazebrook, Kitchen Coordinator / 01273 234810


    113 Queens Rd
    Brighton BN1 3XG

    Kickstart Catering: Pathways into the Food Industry course

    113 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XG, UK

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