Following on from the success of its bespoke in-house training academy, Entier has launched the only Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approved Centre in the North of Scotland for Ship’s Cook Competency.
A course designed for all chefs and cooks on board commercial sea bound vessels, the certificate is legally required as per the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) and provides objective assessment of chef’s skills in a controlled environment to verify they can cook correctly and safely across a range of techniques, using a variety of foods.
Entier’s Training Academy at its facility in Westhill has recently gained the prestigious accreditation making it the only provider North of Scotland. The £1m facility in the outskirts of Aberdeen was purpose built to house an impressive production facility and a state of the art training academy kitchen for the recruitment, development and training of culinary staff.
The course which includes a practical assessment and theory exam will be assessed by Entier’s executive chef, Ali MacSween, an award-winning chef in his own right and will offer candidates an approved certificate and qualification to work on sea bound vessels internationally. The assessment is thorough and covers food and knife health & safety, healthier diets, allergens & food intolerance and requires the candidate to produce a three-course meal in three hours followed by a nautical cook’s theory assessment.
Lesley Officer, HR director said: “Training is an integral part of our company and becoming an MCA approved centre to provide this course complements our company vision and what we believe in.
"Ali is an accomplished chef and motivated trainer making him an ideal assessor for the course in our training academy. Offering this kind of training is a natural progression for Entier who hold training and development of people so high on our agenda.
She added: “As the only provider in the North of Scotland and in particular in the hub of the Oil & Gas industry, we are an easily accessible training centre with state of the art facilities which will undoubtedly bring benefits to chefs who require this certification. For many, the implications of travel and accommodation costs to gain this qualification elsewhere are prohibitive and we hope that this centre will provide an option closer to home”.
For more information on the Ship’s Cook Competency Course call Vicky Smith, Training & Logistics Supervisor on 01224 356040 or emailVicky.Smith@entier-services.com