November, GCSE catering students from Richmond Park Academy (RPA) had the opportunity to prepare and enjoy an afternoon tea at the prestigious boutique Bingham Hotel in Richmond upon Thames. But there needs to be a huge improvement in giving young people better access to workplace training if we are ever to increase the number of skilled chefs and catering professionals in Britain.
Hayley Hunter, food technology teacher at RPA, comments: “I have a
growing concern as an educator regarding the lack of support and training
offered to our youth. This is vitally needed to encourage and support possible
careers within the catering and hospitality industries.”
comments: “I am extremely passionate about the industry and understand the
importance of training up our youth. I was therefore delighted to be able to
support the learning experience of the students from one of our nearby
Ms Hunter summarises: “Whether it be through trips, taster days or work experience, we need to develop a better culture of passing on our knowledge and passion for food to our youth. I feel very strongly that we need to be investing in students at the earliest possible stage in order to solve Britain’s massive shortage of skilled chefs and catering staff. Without providing early intervention and work experience how can we expect success?
On behalf of RPA and our GCSE students we thank Mr Kervaon and the Bingham Hotel for giving us this fantastic opportunity and for supporting the learning experience of our young caterers.”
Mrs Rahim, Year 11 student's mother, Commented about the experience her daughter had: "Zara was impressed by the glamorous ambiance of the hotel, coupled with the hospitality of its staff. The whole experience was hugely beneficial to her learning and we were delighted to share that experience by tasting the out-of-this-world cakes she brought home. Please extend our compliments to the hotel; we will be sure to visit for afternoon tea."