The Clink Charity – which aims to help offenders prepare for roles in the hospitality sector when they leave prison – is aiming to have 30 graduates fully trained on Rational combi ovens each year.
The organisation said the “ambitious” project is part of its efforts to expand the level of training on offer to prisoners involved in its programme.
Back in April, The Clink launched the Clink Kitchens initiative with the aim of expanding this scheme to 23 additional prisons by the end of 2021, with another 36 planned for 2022.
In order to ensure the training provides up to date and relevant real-world experience, it has partnered with Rational to arrange training sessions for its instructors on Rational’s cooking systems.
The first training session was held at Rational’s head office in Luton at the end of last month. 10 trainers, who will each work at two sites, were given training on the full range of Rational’s product line.
The training covered not just the latest iCombi Pro combi steamers and iVario Pro multifunctional cooking systems, but also previous models, to allow them to provide accurate information for whichever units are installed in each prison’s kitchen.
Gregg Brown, director of training and operations at The Clink, said: “Throughout my career, Rational has been a constant presence in the kitchens I worked in. In order to offer prisoners, the best chance of getting a job after release it’s vital that they know how to use these systems.
“Rational’s training programmes have a great reputation in the industry. These sessions will help our staff communicate this knowledge to prisoners involved in the scheme, so they know how to use Rational cooking systems, how to get the most out of them, how they can improve the quality and consistency of the food made in them, how they can reduce waste, and all the other benefits they bring.”
Rational plans to support the initiative further by sending the company’s regional managers to prisons for onsite training sessions as required.
“Our aim is to have 30 graduates of the programme per prison per year,” said Mr Brown. “It’s an ambitious project, and we are immensely grateful for the enthusiasm and support Rational is showing.”