Leeds-based bespoke caterer and event management company Dine is set to partner with Leeds City College.
Following a successful placement of an apprentice chef with Dine last year, Dine founder Dan Gill has been invited to inspire the next generation of hospitality and catering students. He will speak with BTEC students at the college on 20 April in the first of a series of such lectures.
One of the UK’s largest Further Education establishments, Leeds City College has National Skills Academy status for food and drink manufacture and hospitality, Dan will speak about career opportunities available in the hospitality sector, the skills that the business is looking for and talk about his own career progression within the industry.
Dan Gill said: “The hospitality sector can provide meaningful and interesting careers for young people with clear lines for progression and prospects for advancement.
“Yet somehow it has been perceived in the past as less attractive than travelling the traditional higher education route. Food and drink makes a vast contribution to the regional and national economy and I want to share some insights to enthuse the students about the opportunities in this exciting environment.”
Phil Parish was appointed apprentice chef with Dine last year. Mark Dawson, executive head chef at Dine who managed the recruitment and placement, said: “Dine offers a high end level of both food and service to our customers, any student we took on had to be able to embrace our company ethos, to ensure quality wasn’t compromised.
“Phil has really risen to the challenge as his confidence and hands-on knowledge increased. So successful was the experience, that we have a new apprentice starting with us this month.
“He will complete an initial 12 week traineeship programme before starting his apprenticeship properly and we hope for equally great things from him.”
Mark used Qube Learning, a training provider specialising in vocational qualifications, to recruit both apprentices. Qube provided continual support throughout the process.