SA Brain invests in skilling up its kitchen teams

SA Brain & Co has formed a partnership with Cardiff and Vale College that will see the next generation of chefs offered apprenticeships in food production.

The tie-up follows a two-year “top-to-bottom” training strategy review by the Welsh brewing and hospitality company.

Brains chefs will also benefit from additional specialist workshops at the college’s city centre Campus, with its specialist facilities and industry expert staff.

Kitchen skills manager, Nathan Evans, said: “We have worked hard over the last two years to fully review the programmes that we offer our kitchen teams within Brains and ensure that we have the right apprenticeship programmes available for the skill base that we utilise within our kitchens.

“Alongside this we have invested heavily in building our ‘kitchen essentials’ development programme that works in harmony with the standards and skills required to achieve the qualifications, meaning we have an end to end qualified learning pathway for all levels of chefs within our kitchens.”

The college’s CAVC Dean of Work Based Learning, Andrew Whitcombe, said: “Together with Pembroke and Llandrindod Menai College we will deliver a programme of learning across Wales. This fantastic partnership will give employment opportunities to many and offer a high quality learning experience throughout the programme.”

This week Brain revealed that former Mitchells & Butlers chief executive Alistair Darby has become its new boss.

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