New innovative Apprenticeship program now available on the Coffs Coast

Yes Chef is a fresh, innovative program developed by Enterprise & Training Company (ETC) and is set to tackle the industry’s skills shortage issue and bring a more personalised approach to Commercial Cookery Apprenticeships.

ETC Business Relationship Manager for Traineeships, Ingrid Johansen said the NSW 2016 Small Training Provider of the Year designed Yes Chef based on feedback from locals in the industry.

“We understand that all businesses and Apprentices are different – one size doesn’t fit all,” Ms Johansen said.

“With Yes Chef, Training and Assessment will be completed in the workplace, so we come to you. This prevents disruption to the business where normally the Apprentice would have to be sent offsite for one day of the week.”

“Also, Apprentices can start at any time with our rolling intakes.”

The Yes Chef program will provide Apprentices with a Nationally Recognised Qualification – Certificate III Commercial Cookery, with employer incentives also being available at 6 months and upon successful completion.

ETC Training Manager for the Coffs Coast Melissa Eichmann said she believed industry had been waiting for this for a long time.

“Really, up until now there’s only been 1 model of training. This is going to create a lot more flexibility in industry where different workplaces can customise their learning skills to their business. And I think it’s going to be very valuable for businesses to use,” she said.

Already the program has seen positive traction with two Apprentices starting in the area.

Coffs Coast local Charleen Crook hopes to secure an Apprenticeship locally after having just completed the pre-Apprenticeship Certificate II Kitchen Operations with ETC.

“I’ve worked in Hospitality for a while now, but I’ve never really had the knowledge, just the skills. This course has now filled the gap of my knowledge in every aspect and my practical skills have improved,” Charleen said.

“I love getting in the kitchen and the excitement that goes with it. I am very motivated and this is something I really want to do in life.”

To find out more about ETC’s Yes Chef program call 1800 007 400.

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