Free course offers opportunities for future catering careers

Shiregreen cooks who are interested in careers in catering are being invited to take part in a free 12-week course.

The Blend project, funded by Sanctuary Housing, is offering local jobseekers the chance to prepare for future employment in the food industry through specialist training.

Participants will build up knowledge and skills in a range of areas including cookery, customer service and health and safety. From the second week, trainees will open a new service providing a local lunch club with healthy, low-cost meals.

In addition, the course will give the group the opportunity to earn a food hygiene qualification, as well as to work with a careers service who will offer tailored employment advice and guidance.

The course will run every Tuesday from 18 September for 12 weeks and take place from 10am until 2pm at Shiregreen United Reformed Church.

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “Blend is a valuable community-led project that will help aspiring Shiregreen chefs to build up vital skills.

“One of our main aims is to support our residents to access training opportunities that are important for future employment.”

Chris Hanson, from Blend, added: “We are really grateful for Sanctuary’s funding; it follows a similar project last year which was a resounding success.

“I would urge all Shiregreen jobseekers to join us for what is sure to provide a real boost to their future employment prospects.”

For more information, contact Nicola by calling 07464 591 524 or by emailing blendcookeatshare@gmail.com.

Blend is a Sheffield-based social enterprise which aims to use food and hospitality to enhance people’s lives. It also runs a range of wellbeing programmes, training, volunteering and community events.

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.