Restaurant group Living Ventures and The City of Liverpool College have teamed up to tackle a chef shortage head on by launching a Chef Academy.
The pair hope the apprenticeship will address a skills deficit in the hospitality sector and create career opportunities for young people from Merseyside.
The programme will include a ‘Kitchen Survival Skills’ element designed to give apprentices the basic knowledge and skills they need to work in a commercial kitchen.
John Branagan, chef director for Living Ventures, said: “The academy is a result of our desire to help tackle the national chef shortage and provide viable careers for the young people of Liverpool. The City of Liverpool College is a great fit for us as it is committed to helping employers provide real solutions to the skills shortage”.
Candidates that gain a place at the Academy are being offered “on-the-job experience” within Living Ventures kitchens, while attending The City of Liverpool College one day per week to fulfil the qualification element of the apprenticeship.
The programme lasts around 12 to 18 months and the apprenticeship is being offered to candidates aged 16 to 24.
Living Ventures says its chefs will help to educate youngsters on the programme and it plans to organise motivational talks from other experts in the industry.