Teaching traditional skills for a contemporary career
The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire, UK is urging young people to consider a career in artisan food production as an alternative to modern day cookery skills. As public demand grows for locally sourced food so has the demand for skilled artisan producers.
Joe Piliero, Director at The School of Artisan Food said: "Customers are becoming a lot more interested in how their food is produced and where the ingredients are sourced. There is a shortage in the number of trained artisan producers and we’d urge young people to consider this as a career choice, especially if they are passionate about food.”
The School offers an intensive 10 month Advanced Diploma that not only equips students with practical artisan skills but also teaches the commercial knowledge required to either set up their own business or start a career in an established enterprise. The School’s recent cohort of students have all secured employment or are making plans to open their own artisan business.
One such student, Matina Mitchell, co-owner of artisan bread shop, Seven Hills Bakery in Sheffield, said: "Any young person with an interest in food should seriously consider a career in artisan food production. It’s certainly a growing market and whilst there is no job guarantee at the end there are plenty of opportunities for those with the drive and enthusiasm to pursue an artisan career.”
Joe continues: "We’re currently filling our places for the 2013/2014 Diploma and demand has been exceptionally high. We don’t look for any formal qualifications from our students, only a genuine interest in food and a passion to learn.”
The Advanced Diploma students come from a wide range of age groups, backgrounds and ability and are taught by some of the top professionals in the UK. The qualification is the equivalent of a foundation level degree course and includes approximately 33 hours of taught lessons per week so tutorial contact time is high.
For those interested in finding out more about the Diploma visit the website at www.schoolofartisanfood.org/diploma or contact the School direct on Tel: 01909 532171 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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