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James Street South launches new Apprentice Programme

Apprentice Charlotte McGrath is pictured with Education Minister Stephen Farry and Niall McKenna, James Street South.

Apprentice Charlotte McGrath is pictured with Education Minister Stephen Farry and Niall McKenna, James Street South.

Following on from the success of last year’s Apprentice Scheme, award-winning chef Niall McKenna has confirmed the programme will return for 2015-16 with double the number of students being given the chance to learn from some of Northern Ireland’s finest chefs.

The James Street South Group, which also includes the Bar + Grill, Hadskis, The Cookery School and newcomer Cast & Crew, is offering 16 successful hopefuls the chance to work in the restaurant, which was named Best in Northern Ireland in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015.
The year-long placement is open to 16-24-year-olds who combine on-the-job training with two days attendance at the Belfast Metropolitan College to gain their professional qualifications.

Three of last years’ trainees have secured full-time employment with James Street South and Niall, who has been hailed as a Tourism Hero by industry chiefs here, says the Programme is a solid investment in the future of world-class hospitality here.

“Our apprentices will receive ongoing training and development through weekly workshops in our Cookery School, as well as regular activities to ensure a greater appreciation of food, like meeting producers and others on the supply chain,” he said.

“This is geared for aspiring chefs who have the determination to succeed, learning from leaders in the industry and cooking with local produce to create the dining experience that James Street South is famous for.”

Anyone interested in the Apprentice Scheme should submit applications by the August 2. For more information go to www.jamesstreetsouth.co.uk/about/apprenticeships.

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