Magners Irish Cider, Celtic FC Foundation and the Tennent’s Training Academy have announced the successful Magners Employability Programme will this year focus on chefs looking to get a foot in the kitchen door in 2017.
The project aims to help unemployed people get back into work and returns for its third year after Celtic sponsors, Magners, raised £19,670 for the Celtic FC Foundation, by donating £10 from the first 1,967 of a limited edition Magners Lisbon Lions pack launched to mark the 50th anniversary of Celtic’s historic 1967 European Cup win.
This year, the project is targeted at people who have a passion for cooking and hospitality, as it will see 12 successful applicants undergo training at the state of the art Tennent’s Training Academy from Thursday 14 September until Friday 17 November. Any cooks in the making interested in applying to take part should visit magners.co.uk/celticfoundation.
Applicants can also attend a Recruitment Open Day at the Shettleston Job Centre on Tuesday 5th September from 10am to 12pm, with interviews being held at Celtic Park on Thursday 7th September.
The Magners Employability programme has helped 24 participants gain employment or move into further education since it began in 2015.
This year, the project is targeted at people who have a passion for cooking and hospitality, helping tackle a long-standing skills shortage in Scotland. During the 10-week programme, participants will develop their culinary skills before leaving the course, ready to start work as trainee Commis Chefs in the industry.
To further help graduates in their new cooking careers, some of the biggest businesses in hospitality, including DiMaggion Group, G1 Group, Lynette Leisure, Jury’s Hotel and Holiday Inn, to name a few, have pledged their support, committing to taking on graduates at the end of the programme to work in their kitchens.
Delivered by Celtic FC Foundation and the award-winning Tennent’s Training Academy, the Magners Employability Programme prepares participants for life after the project, encouraging them to engage with a varied mix of work experience, certified industry training along with recruitment days, motivational speakers, and sessions covering; skills, qualities, job searching, CVs, application forms, interview techniques and work ethic.
In addition, this year’s programme will include awards in food safety, a look at world food trends, menu planning, nutritional cooking and foraging trips.
The aim of the project is to enable participants to use their new-found skills and experience to secure employment, voluntary work or further training.