SHORT but intensive training programmes are being launched in York to give would-be chefs a taste of the job.

Six people will be offered training in basic chef skills, through classroom and kitchen-based learning, with a guaranteed job interview at the end of the course.

York Job Centre and York College are running the three-week sector-based work academy programme (SWAP) from November 15 to December 4.

One day each week will be spent gaining work experience in a professional kitchen at a major hotel or restaurant in York city centre.

The course is open to all Universal Credit and Job Seeker’s Allowance claimants, aged 19 plus. No experience is necessary and all equipment and clothing will be provided.

Information about the SWAP will be shared at the York Job Centre Christmas Recruitment Job Fair on Thursday, November 4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, when there will also be a live culinary demonstration.

The SWAP will include working in the college training kitchen and restaurant, developing skills, and work experience in a partner hospitality venue.

Salvatore Petrusco, head of business, hospitality & travel at York College, said: “York College will work with individuals in developing their understanding of the hospitality industry through an overview of hospitality work ethics, food safety and food allergens principles as well as providing principles of customer service in the hospitality sector.

“The aim will be to introduce them to working in hospitality and improve their employability skills.”

Cllr Andrew Waller, City of York Council’s executive member for economy and strategic planning, said: “I’m delighted that the plans for the recruitment event and SWAP training have come about as a direct result of this summer’s Hospitality Summit. It shows, once again, the strength of partnership working in the city."

"Matching up vacancies with people looking for work is a priority in the city, and it has been encouraging to see this practical skills scheme being developed so quickly by the hospitality sector, and partners to help fill vacant posts.

“These SWAP sessions are a great opportunity for people on Universal Credit to get real, on the job skills and are a very welcome addition to the many existing opportunities for individuals wanting to start their careers, upskill or change roles in the city.

“I’d like to thank all those who have made this and other recent events possible, especially our local hospitality partners.”

Wendy Mangan, employer and partnership manager at York Jobcentre, said: “This course is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to gain a host of valuable skills. Participants will be able to learn more about the different career paths and opportunities available to chefs, with a guaranteed job interview at the end.”