MCFT’s kitchen maintenance training programmes awarded prestigious accreditation

Chris Craggs, CEO

Maidenhead-based catering maintenance provider MCFT has had four of its in-house training schemes accredited by City & Guilds.

The ‘Assured’ scheme is a joint venture between City & Guilds and ILM that recognises world class in-house training.

MCFT has been awarded ‘Assured’ status for four programmes including Leadership Academy (UK and Gulf region), Commercial Kitchen Technician (Gulf region), Commercial Catering Engineer (UK) and Commercial Fridge Engineer (UK).

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This means the programmes have been assessed against best practice standards with five key components: design and delivery; planning and management; employee/learner support; quality assurance; evaluation and continuous development.

MCFT operates throughout the UK, servicing high-end commercial kitchens in business, education, sports and leisure and healthcare.

It also has a growing presence in the Gulf region with offices in Dubai, Qatar and Doha servicing restaurant chains and hotels as well as businesses.

The training that the engineers receive ensures an efficient and effective service for customers.

All employees, from apprentices to those aspiring to senior leadership roles will be able to access at least one of the programmes, confident that they are undergoing high quality, thorough training and development that will benefit them for the rest of their career.

CEO Chris Craggs said: “Following on from Investors in People and our Princess Royal Training Award, this is vindication of over a decade of commitment – setting out to make sure that we have the most comprehensive, thorough, best-delivered and rigorously assessed development programmes in our industry. And, the only externally-endorsed industry-specific learning programme in our field, there being no apprenticeships for catering technicians.”

Mr Craggs said the accreditation was “not lightly-awarded”, as the 26-page assessment report goes to show.

“I am particularly proud that we have four Assured programmes, covering our teams in the Middle East as well as our Team Leader development – we haven’t cherry-picked, we’ve applied the same stringent approach across all our Learning and Development and across all our people.”

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