How a kitchen in the City of Culture is turning lives around

October 11, 2017

While for many the City of Hull is on the up with new shopping centres bars and its City of Culture 2017 status, there are still a staggering 21.3% of ‘workless households’ within the City, and around 5% of the population are unemployed.

One of the City’s strongest economies has traditionally been in Food Manufacturing, and is the home to leading names including Aunt Bessies, Cranswick Plc and Greencore. It is also well known as a base for fish processing and the bakery Jacksons, for many stalwart Hull residents, these organisations have provided a career and a livelihood.

Remit Group’s food division has been working with the local Job Centre Plus and various employers to support people to return to employment and a career in Food. This is having something of an impact!

Remit offers funded options for those looking to secure training and future employment. We offer the opportunity to attend a 3 or 6 week programme, designed to equip individuals with the skills to secure employment and qualifications.

Angie Linford a Development Coach with Remit runs a 6-week programme from Remit’s fully equipped Food Skills Academy in Malmo Food Innovation Park. Working with the local Job Centre Plus, Angie introduces unemployed individuals to the programme in Professional Cookery which by the end learners can achieve a recognised qualification.

Angie added. “This programme has changed people’s lives. They’ve come into the training here at Malmo Road and walked into jobs with around 82% of our learners going onto a job in professional cookery. Part of the course that we offer is supporting the learners with job applications and helping them understand the type of career and work setting they want to be in’.

We spoke with the learners who at the 3-week stage of their course showcased their skills so far, with an impressive spread of cakes and pasties. Young mother of two Kelly had previously tried a career in hairdressing but it wasn’t for her. Not knowing what to do and having to work around her children, she was recommended for the programme by Job Centre Plus and is now applying for kitchen work in nurseries to fit her desired working pattern.

Ross, a university graduate struggling in the jobs market had not previously settled into work and while an artist by background, he was now happily bringing his skills into cake making and considering next steps for a course in cake design. Other learners had dreams of their own café’s or travelling to America to cook.

Remit is looking to work with both those looking to get into work and employers to help fill skills gaps across the Food and Hospitality sector. We work with Levy and non-Levy employers to help support planning future skills needs.

To find out more , get in touch: 0115 975 9550.