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May 17, 2018

R&CA ’S PILOT PROGRAM TO FAST-TRACK YOUNG COOKS INTO THE KITCHEN

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has announced details of its upcoming fast – track pilot program to encourage more young people to become cooks and pursue a long – term career within the hospitality sector.

As part of the program, apprentices will be able to enrol in the Cookery Fast Track Program for free and become qualified cooks in half the normal time period it takes to complete an apprenticeship. The program consists of 10 weeks of formal face – to – face training in Commercial Cookery followed by two years of paid work as an apprentice with selected employers . Throughout the program, participants will also benefit from access to R&CA’s Industry Mentors provided through the Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices ( ISMAA ) program to help guide them through their apprenticeship going forward. R&CA CEO Juliana Payne encouraged young people with aspirations of ever becoming a cook or chef to apply for R&CA’s Fast Track Program . “This program represents a fantastic opportunity for all those young people to launch their careers in hospitality and pursue their passion for cooking .

“The high – skilled, locally trained chefs and cooks amongst the café and restaurant sector is showing no signs of slowing down and R&CA’s Fast Track Program is just one way of helping to fill this vacuum,” Ms Payne said. R&CA will be holding an information session for students and their parents for the Cookery Fast Track Program on Monday 21 May 2018 . The session will be hosted at Luke’s Kitchen in Sydney and wi ll include a presentation on Luke Mangan’s Appetite for Excellence program.

For further information on this media release, please contact: Juliana Payne Chief Executive Officer Restaurant & Catering Industry Association P: 1300 722 878 E: [email protected]





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