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3-Month Employment Programme in the Hospitality Industry

The 3-Month Employment Programme in the Hospitality Industry developed by London Academy of Culinary Arts and Healthcare is an employment programme aimed at providing back to work support for benefit claimants or the unemployed.

Clients are expected to engage in ‘work-related activity,’ which is a crucial component of the programme. ‘Work-related activity’ is a loosely defined term, and it will be left to the Employment Programme providers to determine what it means in each case. More generally, it should be activity that increases the likelihood of the person obtaining or remaining in employment or being able to do so.

The programme consists of one full day training that would immediately enter client to the chosen work industry and we have introduced 6 skills that is spread throughout this programme to support, enhance and promote their employability skills. This is part of the programme to promote a long-term employment as well as upskilling them for career progression.

Benefit of this programme

Once a student has completed their first day training, they will be entered to immediate employment with our placement partner Teamwork.

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    Keith Shearer

    Keith Shearer joined Malmaison in 1995 as a sous chef, a role he held for just a month before stepping up to head chef at the company's Edinburgh property. After this he looked after the Glasgow hotel before winning promotion to operations chef in 1999 and his current executive role in 2001, which sees him travelling around the country. He has also worked at the Balmoral and the Café Royal during his career.

    Gopi Chandran

    Arriving in London from India in 2002, Gopi Chandran with over 20 years of experience at international 5-star properties, has progresses at an impressive rate throughout his career. Starting as an apprentice at the Taj group of hotels in India, he worked his way up to Head Chef at various luxury hotels in London and abroad, including several Marriott Hotels. Gopi is now the Executive Head Chef at Sopwell House.

    Paul Fisher

    Working in key professional, local, community and individual partnerships; with adult education, quality audits, awarding body accreditation, direct lecturing / training and associated networking.

    John Woodward

    John Woodward is the Group Executive Chef for De-Vere Venues and Village Hotels. John oversees 50 properties spread across the UK. John is a passionate hands on chef who has developed and expanded the food offer within his current role at De-Vere rolling out new concepts across the De-Vere estate. John is responsible for the food concept strategy and food development across the Village hotels and De-Vere Venues. John's CV offers a diverse career, beginning by working for acclaimed Chefs such as Pierre Koffman, he travelled and worked in Australia before returning to the contract sector for Everston Hewitt as a director, before its merger with Baxter Storey.