Scots catering firm invests in community through apprentice scheme
Scottish catering provider Entier has strengthened its ties with the North-east by hosting its sixth apprentice scheme for school leavers.
Between 10 and 12 pupils are chosen to take part in a Cook Off, and up to three from these are selected to be Fresh Olives. The scheme attracted 165 hopefuls in its first year and the high level of participants has been maintained each year.
The programme is aimed at 4th, 5th and 6th year pupils and aligned to national education curriculums.
Each apprentice is given the opportunity to hone their skills in Entier’s self-funded, state-of-the-art training kitchens and facilities. Once qualified, they cater for thousands in major oil and gas firms, and North-east schools and nurseries.
Programme graduate Danielle Ritchie joined the scheme after leaving school at 16, and is now working alongside Entier’s kitchen manager as assistant kitchen manager.
Her career has included cooking for Nicola Sturgeon, golfer Paul Lawrie and comedian Kevin Bridges.
Most recently, Danielle has supervised food production at an Aberdeen private school.
“It was one of my teachers who encouraged me to go into food production as a career,” said 20-year old Danielle.
“Schools are an important way to encourage young people into the industry, and showing them they can succeed is really important.
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