Next Monday, our new apprentice chefs from Cohort 12 start their first week in the Fifteen Cornwall kitchen. This marks the next stage in their journey which started back in October with our recruitment activity day.
A shortlist of applicants were selected to join us at RAF St Mawgan where the 505 Wessex Squadron donated their time to set up a day of activities including cooking and tent building. The candidates were observed by our team from Fifteen Cornwall, Cornwall College and the Cornwall Food Foundation. Each applicant was interviewed by the foundation team and following consultation with all parties, 23 candidates were chosen to take to college.
On 5 December they started their Level 1 NVQ in Professional Cookery at Camborne College. For many of them in the past, the structure of formal education has been a challenge and they have struggled to adhere to the discipline and routine required. We work closely with college lecturer Tracy Page throughout the course as well as our own chefs, some of whom are graduates of the apprentice programme. Many of them have been down to meet the students at college already, to demonstrate masterclasses in pasta and pastry.
At the end of March, the candidates were shortlisted again and 10 students were chosen to join the Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme. The students who were not selected are given the opportunity to continue their Level 2 NVQ, or explore alternative apprenticeship options with the support of our Welfare and Support Worker and the college.