New industry training programme teaches foodservice essentials as Brexit pressure intensifies

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A dedicated training programme that gives newcomers to the industry a guide to the fundamental aspects of foodservice has been launched in the wake of Brexit.

The launch of the Principles of Food Service (PFS) training initiative by CESA, which is motivated by the skills crisis facing the sector, aims to give newcomers the knowledge they need to understand the industry.

The initiative aims to encourage people to enter the industry and, once here, to quickly pick up the basics and build a career.

The new training programme, which has been born out of the success of the Certified Food Service Professional (CFSP) scheme, is run in conjunction with the University of West London.

The PFS, which is pictorially-based on online presentation and takes two hours to complete, covers all aspects of the foodservice industry, including pubs, leisure centres, hotels, prisons, hospitals and schools and addresses the differences between a domestic and a commercial kitchen, including explanations of some key industry technologies, like combi steamers.

Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA, said: “Both operators and suppliers need to focus on attracting and retaining staff, upping their skill levels and fulfilling their personal development goals. These elements are all going to be critical to the survival and success of our industry. Initiatives like PFS are significant steps in the right direction.”

It also aims to teach students about key drivers in the industry, including changing consumer tastes, technology, healthy eating and energy saving.  It explains how the food and equipment supply chains work and looks at areas such as food safety and hygiene.

Based around a pictorially-based online presentation, the PFS course takes two hours to complete. It is designed as a framework, allowing it to be adapted by the business using it to suit the audience. The training is delivered by suitably qualified CFSP graduates.

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