Strode News

21/09/10 - Catering for Jobseekers
Strode News

Strode College has expanded its range of courses to help people get back to work, with a pioneering new programme 'Preparing to work in the catering industry'.  Previous courses have focused on retail, customer service, computing and working in the care industry.  

The two week catering course was successfully completed recently by a group of six jobseekers, under the guidance of working Chef and Catering Tutor Paul Morey and Course Tutor Martin Titmus.  Paul Morey has worked at top restaurants in the South West including the Riverside at West Bay in Bridport.

The students received training in customer service and food hygiene, followed by six days of practical cookery including how to make sauces, joint a chicken, fillet and cook fish, and cook a range of meat and vegetarian dishes. 

The training culminated in a five course meal cooked by the students for senior staff at the College and Louise Clatworthy of the Skills Funding Agency which finances training for jobseekers. 

Graham Knight, Head of Strode's Business Development Unit, enjoyed the meal.  He said: "I am delighted at how successful the catering course has been with the students delivering fantastic food, presentation and service.  They enjoyed the course and achieved a high level of competence.  They also showed that experience and skills gained in other fields can contribute to excellence when facing new and different challenges.  There are other Strode courses planned for job seekers which, in these difficult times, will be a valuable way to help people get back to work." 

Chef Paul Morey said he would be happy to have any of the students working in his kitchen and the students were proud of their achievements.   "It's a shame the course didn't last longer" said Andy Saw from Cheddar, and David Mills of Glastonbury commented: "The course fulfilled my expectations and more." 

There was no charge for the meal, but diners donated almost £40 for the College Gambia Project, which has built and equipped a youth centre in a Gambian village.

Strode College will be preparing more jobseekers to work in the catering industry, with a course at the Elim Centre in Wells, which starts on 11 October.  Anyone interested in joining the course should contact their job centre adviser.

Photo: Satisfied staff and successful students after the meal - back row left to right: Paul Morey (Chef and Tutor), Andy Saw (from Cheddar), Graham Knight (Head of Business Development), Simon Smedley (Chilcompton) and Joseph Troy (Glastonbury). Front row left to right: Martin Titmus (Course Tutor), Belinda Laird ( Street), Shirley Theedom (Deputy Principal Strode College) , David Mills (Glastonbury), Samira Bannon,(Glastonbury), Louise Clatworthy Skills Funding Agency.