The Fifteen training programme offers much more than just teaching our trainees how to cook. On their year-long journey with us they also get to learn important life skills, support as they go on their own personal journey and develop crucial connections within the industry that will be useful to them long after they graduate.
Team building on the Camel Trail
Sourcing trips are a key part of the Fifteen Training Programme and this includes team building exercises as well as visits to suppliers and producers. Yesterday, on one of the rainiest days of the summer, Cohort 14 experienced a busy day in North Cornwall! First stop was a visit to one of our graduates from Cohort 5, Katie Gillmon who now runs her own café in Wadebridge called Wood and Green. The current trainees found it really helpful to talk to Katie and get an insight into post-graduation life. Since graduating, Katie has gone on to work for Baker Tom’s and Strong Aldofos as well run her own business, so it was great for our trainees to hear about the different pathways open to them when they complete the programme.
After meeting Katie, the main challenge began: cycling the Camel Trail on tandem bikes. The real task for the trainees in this experience is in the need for communication and working together. Despite some initial issues the heavy down pours quickly encouraged them to communicate effectively with each other! The Camel Trail led them to Padstow where they got a tour of the town from our Training and Development Chef Karl Jones. It was a great opportunity to look around some of Cornwall’s top restaurants as well as scout out possible placement opportunities for the trainees, where they could work alongside chefs like Paul Ainsworth. Stein’s fish and chips overlooking the harbour helped to fuel the journey back to Wadebridge, where the trip ended.
Despite the weather, the trainees had a great day exploring parts of North Cornwall and learning about life after the programme as well as the importance of pulling together and working as a team.