Nisbets has formed a partnership with HMS Prince of Wales – the UK’s new aircraft carrier – in a move that will see it play a part in trying to attract young talent into the catering and hospitality industry.
The two parties recently held a drinks reception at the National Catering Equipment Centre to mark the alliance, which came about as a result of HMS Prince of Wales’ affiliation with Bristol, where Nisbets is based.
They used the event to address the workforce skills shortage facing the catering industry by promoting the opportunities available within the Royal Navy Catering Services cadre.
The evening showcased the talents of executive chefs currently working on board HMS Prince of Wales to demonstrate the uniqueness of a career in the navy. Attendees were also asked to share their thoughts and ideas on how to attract new talent into the industry.
Klaus Goeldenbot, group CEO at Nisbets, commented: “We are hugely pleased with the number of people who attended and it was especially exciting to have so many students come along from local colleges. The event was exceptionally well organised to encourage young people to consider careers within the catering cadre of the Royal Navy and I believe the students who attended will have gained a real insight into the options available to them.
“At a time when the hospitality industry is experiencing a shortage of skilled workers, it is really important for us to champion career pathways within the sector. There is an untapped pool of young home-grown talent and, where traditionally hospitality roles may have been overlooked, it is our job to highlight the compelling opportunities, passion and fulfilment that our industry presents.”
WO1 Kevin Shenton (head of the ship’s catering services department) onboard HMS Prince of Wales, added: “The event was a fantastic way to show our appreciation to the local community and to really demonstrate and explain to young Bristolians what it’s like to work on one of the world’s largest aircraft carriers. By using the facilities at the National Catering Equipment Centre, we were certainly able to let our chefs demonstrate their talent and let their passion shine through.”