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.

Participants will have access to R&CA 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 encourages 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 young people to launch their careers in hospitality and pursue their passion for cooking,” she says.

“The high-skilled, locally trained chefs and cooks among 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.”

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 will include a presentation on Luke Mangan’s Appetite for Excellence program.

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