River Cottage cooks up an innovative apprenticeship scheme

Dorset Echo: CHEF’S DELIGHT: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall CHEF’S DELIGHT: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

A NEW “traineeship” scheme launched by River Cottage is hoping to bridge the gap between education and employment for young people.

The scheme is available to everyone aged 16-18 across both Dorset and Devon, and will run from the end of January for three months until March.

Following the traineeship scheme graduates can sign up for the chef apprenticeship that River Cottage run, or can leave and use the skills they learnt from the course as they seek full time employment.

Chris Griffin, Head of Education at River Cottage, said: “It is so important to offer opportunities to young people who are struggling to find employment or access to apprenticeship schemes.”

Eighteen students will be enrolled on the traineeship scheme, which aims to provide the students with employability skills that will improve the chances of getting an apprenticeship or becoming employed once they have graduated.

Pupils will undertake lessons in interview skills, CV writing skills, how to search for jobs properly, and it will also take them on work experience at the River Cottage.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, founder of River Cottage, said: ““We’ll be guiding our trainees in all the issues at which River Cottage excels – seasonality, ethical and local sourcing, regional ingredients and traditional, hands-on techniques.

Places on the course are available to anyone who is aged 16-18, and is not currently in full time education. The places are free but there is a limited availability. To book a place contact Terri Tipping on 01297 630313 or terri.tipping@rivercottage.net

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