This week we are celebrating the signing of two new apprentices to the hospitality training programme.
This brings are number of apprentices up to three and we have two more joining us in two months’ time.
Numbers might sound small however the total school leavers for 2012 and 2013 are only in the region of 20 to 30 youngsters. Any Saint is welcome to join us to see whether they would like to work in this type of career and some are coming just to get some hands on training rather than going through an accreditation process.
In order to become an apprentice on the programme the student has to work with us for 12 weeks to demonstrate their commitment to working the antisocial hours which come with a career in this line.
We also have Chelsea with us who will be returning to school in September with the goal of getting enough qualifications to go to university in a couple of years’ time.
Our training team has increased in number with the addition of two new arrivals.
Both are Saints and have worked in a variety of catering establishments, not only in the UK but also on the Falkland Islands where many Saints currently work.
Sandra has been working as a Chef for over 20 years and is welcoming the opportunity to return home.
Mandy was in Swindon and before that the Falklands, Mandy’s background of admin, accounts and customer service will help keep things on a smooth pathway.
Our next challenge is to get more trainees signed up and start offering accredited Hospitality courses.
We are working on offering two Diploma courses. One is in Professional Cookery and the other, Food and Beverage
Service. Following on from this will be spin offs into supervisory and managerial qualifications.
It has taken us the six months that I have been here to get this far.
Roll on the next six months!