Welcome to Cohort 8!
We’ve just come to the end of Cohort 8’s first week in the kitchen and thought it was about time for an update. Read Fundraising and Marketing Officer Emma’s run down of their first few days.
“April is always a busy time for the Foundation. Last week we not only graduated Cohort 7 at the Eden Project we also welcomed a brand new group of apprentice chefs to Fifteen Cornwall – can you believe it, Cohort 8!
In the first week our new group of apprentices had their inductions days including a learning styles welfare day and their introduction to the kitchen. The learning styles day took place at Lanhydrock Golf Club near Bodmin, led by our Welfare Manager Matt Thomas. Matt deals with any issues that our apprentices may face outside of the kitchen, using both individual sessions and group sessions to overcome any concerns or problems. The learning styles day helped the apprentices to understand how we learn, how our memory works and techniques to improve concentration span. Following this each apprentice was assessed for their individual learning style preferences whether it is visual, auditory or kinaesthetic, they were also assessed using Honey & Mumford thinking and learning preferences as to whether they were an activist, pragmatist, theorist or reflector.
Speaking about the day, Matt Thomas said:
“The day went really well, and as the first day together as Cohort 8 they really impressed me, they were motivated, enthusiastic and getting on as a team”.
On the following day they arrived for their first day at the restaurant, greeted by our CEO Matthew Thomson, Karl Jones our Training and Development Chef and Matt Thomas our Welfare Manager. Apprentices were then shown around Fifteen Cornwall and given their fire induction, health and safety briefing and kitchen induction. They also had a tasting session with the front of house team, helping them to get to know the food we serve in the restaurant, followed by some well-deserved lunch!
Towards the end of the day Karl and Matt gave a complete run though of the whole year, letting them know what they would be doing, also letting them know what’s expected of them. At the end of the day, they met up with Simon Burt to have their group and individual photos taken.
All in all, it was a very busy week for our apprentices – we’re really looking forward to working with them over the next year and watching them develop.
Good Luck to everyone on Cohort 8.”