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Stir it up magazine October 2015

EDUCATION The TUCO Academy... will provide courses in the areas of craft skills, compliance, professional development and personal growth... TUCO launches ground-breaking training academy for caterers The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has launched a training academy specifically for caterers working in higher and further education. >> The TUCO Academy is a unique initiative being undertaken in partnership with London South Bank University (LSBU) and will provide courses in the areas of craft skills, compliance, professional development and personal growth in order to enable employees to develop not only within their institution but in the wider university hospitality sector. Chair of TUCO, Julie Barker, commented: “Recent reports on the issues of training, staff recruitment and retention and productivity across the sector present a stark reality. “Right now, the industry as a whole is in danger of stagnating, without any practical solution to tackle the issues. The problems stand to become even bigger. The TUCO Academy is an answer to this that will offer genuine value and meet the current and future needs of the catering Industry.” The challenge of the skills gap affects the entire hospitality industry. Last year, a report from charity, People 1st, showed that the industry needs to recruit 215,000 people into skilled roles by 2020, with 20% of organisations currently suggesting they could not recruit staff with the skills they needed – often at a more senior level. The TUCO Academy will address all levels of training, from first job to senior management, with courses on everything from basic food hygiene to strategic management. Course delivery will be a mixture of online independent study, which can be done around day-to-day work, blended learning and face to face delivery at Universities and Colleges across the country. Speaking at the launch, Helen Anzani, head of the TUCO Academy Project Group, said that it was ‘imperative’ that staff development remained a very high priority for TUCO and its members, adding: “The challenge of tackling skills shortages in university hospitality is one that we must address. “We aim to be employers with an unparalleled reputation for providing our staff with a future career path, offering choices in Chair of TUCO, Julie Barker Helen Anzani, head of the TUCO Academy Project Group direction and personal growth so that we can continue to attract bright people. “We also recognise that the training on offer has to address the real and constantly evolving needs of our members. The programme will be developed from research we have undertaken with our member Universities and Colleges, which we will continue to conduct with LSBU to ensure the courses are evolving according to our Industry’s needs.” The first TUCO Academy course will be available this month (October). All TUCO Academy courses will be developed in partnership with, and be endorsed or fully accredited, by LSBU and count towards continuous professional development (CPD) throughout the employee’s career. For further information go to www.tuco.org/learn. OCTOBER 2015 29


Stir it up magazine October 2015
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