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HIT Training launches free workshops to help close the chef skills gap in the capital

Posted on 22 September, 2021


The London-based workshops launched on National Hospitality Day, Saturday 18th September, with a street-food themed event, with dishes being donated to locals in need

Aspiring chefs will be given a taste of what it’s like to work in a professional kitchen thanks to national hospitality provider, HIT Training, which has launched a series of free workshops in collaboration with Hospitality Pathways.

As the UK faces vacancy crisis, with a shortage of almost 30,000 chefs[1], the free workshops will give people working in London the opportunity to earn their whites as a chef, gaining a handful of transferable skills in the process, from basic knife techniques to food safety.

Hosted by the HIT Training Chef Academy, the series aims to showcase the exciting career prospects in hospitality and encourage more people to consider reskilling as chefs.

The workshops are open to people currently in work with a passion for cooking and a desire to discover the amazing opportunities available in the hospitality sector. To be eligible, attendees will need to be currently employed in London and legally residing in the UK.

The London-based workshops launched on National Hospitality Day, Saturday 18th September, at St Luke’s Community Centre, with a street food themed event aimed at inspiring local children to consider a career in the hospitality industry.

The budding young chefs not only enjoyed a real-life experience of working in a bustling street food kitchen, they also had the opportunity to learn how to create a selection of dishes from cultures across the globe, and discover new career opportunities for when they leave school.

HIT Training ensured that no food went to waste on the day, donating all 1,100 portions of food created to those in need in the local community, including Foodbanks, women’s refuge, homeless shelters and youth clubs.

The leading specialist training and apprenticeship provider has also pledged that for every person who completes the Pathways Programme over the next two years, it will make a donation to Hospitality Action.

The HIT Training Chef Academy workshops will be supported by Hospitality Action, Springboard, UKHospitality, and the Institute of Hospitality in London.

Paul Mannering, Principal of the HIT Chef Academy, commented:

“It’s a real pleasure to be work with Hospitality Pathways alongside our supporting partners to bring these workshops to aspiring chefs. Each session is designed to give them a real taste of what life is like as part of a production line and help them explore the options available to them.

“Attendees will be given a huge opportunity to learn from experienced chefs who can share their own personal experiences, give hands-on demonstrations, and answer their questions about starting their journey as a chef. It’s an extremely valuable event and I’d encourage as many people as possible to apply.”

Those interested in attending one of the free HIT Chef Academy workshops should apply via the HIT Training website: 


It was great speaking to our account manager, Catherine, this afternoon and great to hear that HIT are being so supportive with our apprentices, I found the call very positive in a time of crisis, so thank you.

The Learner’s leaflet is great and being sent out to Apprentices and Line Managers following our communication last week providing a great follow up.

Jonathan Foot - Head of Apprenticeships, Compass Group

McMullen’s chose HIT as its sole external provider for Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in early 2015 and since then we have found them a pleasure to work with.  Their expertise in this sector is superior and they have proven to be a professional and supportive partner who have a passion for learning and development, which matches our own organisation.

Amanda Walden – Training & Recruitment Manager, McMullen's

Encouraging our staff to improve their skills set and supporting them through apprenticeships and training programmes underlines our commitment to help them further develop their own careers. Offering the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship also gives the Brend Group a point of difference which I’m convinced will help attract new members of staff in the future.

Andrew Mosedale - Group HR Manager, Brend Hotels

Our partnership with HIT has certainly made recruitment much easier in a very difficult labour market and gives us a point of difference in an increasingly competitive environment.  Kew Green has also benefited enormously from well trained, skilled and competent staff who contribute significantly to the ever improving and high levels of customer experience that our guests expect and deserve.

Andrew Tregenza - HR Business Partner, Kew Green Hotels

Apprenticeships allow us to give people a great opportunity to develop a career with us and learn a skill or trade that will accompany them throughout their career and life. We see progression to the Level 4 qualification as key to our strategy of providing development at all stages of an employee’s career with Harrison.

Alex Taylor - Training Manager, Harrison Catering Services

HIT Training has provided such an incredible support to us during lockdown, with regular webinar invitations, videocalls and engagement solutions. Our business focus shifted to learning and development and we managed to enrol 3 times more apprentices on training programmes than before!

Anastasia Talatzidou -L&D Manager, Gaucho


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