TIAPEI announces new Entry Level Cook Training to begin in February
January 29, 2019
Charlottetown, PE- The Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, in partnership with Holland College and SkillsPEI is pleased to announce entry level cook training to start on February 19th. This new training opportunity will address the labour shortage of kitchen-related work within the tourism industry on the Island.
TIAPEI President, Kirk Nicholson said, “What a terrific opportunity for those wanting to get a start into the culinary industry. With culinary tourism on the rise, I believe we will see a direct benefit in this area. To my understanding there is not another training opportunity like this in Canada. Hats off to all those who have made it happen…Congratulations!”
The intent of the training is to introduce the fundamental concepts, skills and techniques in basic cookery for participants who want to expand their knowledge and gain entry level kitchen skills. The training will focus on following a recipe, common kitchen technology, measurement and conversions, proper knife cuts, and how to handle food and equipment safely. The participants will also receive certification in Standard First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, Food Safety, and PEI BEST Service Excellence.
Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning Sonny Gallant said, “Our department is very pleased to support this training as it is a step towards addressing the cook shortage in our province. This initiative will help the food service sector develop a skilled and prepared workforce and contribute to our future economic prosperity as Canada’s Food Island”.
The training will host up to 16 participants who will take part in hands-on skill development in the kitchens of Fishbones Oyster Bar and Grill and John Brown’s Richmond Street Grill. The training will begin with six weeks of instruction delivered by Chef Andrew Nicholson and Chef Paul Peters, with focuses on seasoning, creating soups and sauces, main entrees and other related topics. This will be followed by four weeks of work placement during Burger Love in April. Upon completion of the work placement, the participants will have an additional four weeks of instruction at the Culinary Institute of Canada, to further develop their skills. After completing this training, the successful candidates will be able to perform the entry level skills needed to work in a kitchen setting.
Holland College President Dr. Sandy MacDonald said the college is pleased to be able to partner with industry and TIAPEI on this project. “Holland College has been a leader in training for more than 50 years, and has, from time to time, participated in special projects designed to address pressing needs in the industry.
To apply, applicants can fill out a form on the TIAPEI website at www.tiapei.pe.ca For more information regarding the Entry Level Cook Training, please contact Kim Smith, TIAPEI Industry HR Manager, at 902-566-5008.