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Celebrating university catering excellence

By Matt White, Chair of TUCO

Posted by Hannah Vickers | March 23, 2017 | Catering & hospitality

At TUCO we’re passionate about highlighting and providing recognition of the high skill-level within the industry. This is particularly crucial as the foodservice sector is currently facing a skills gap, with 20% of businesses unable to recruit staff with the skills they require. This has seen many operators increasingly looking for new ways to get potential recruits excited about a career within the industry and also to existing staff, who can provide the next generation of top talent. 

A big focus for TUCO over the past few years has been working collaboratively with our members to build a stronger, bigger and brighter workforce. To do this we run initiatives such as the TUCO Skills Competition and the TUCO Academy, which provides the opportunity for employees of all levels to further their development through an array of short or online courses and apprenticeships. 

Each year I’m blown away by the innovation and creativity of the competitors and it further enhances the importance and value of investing in training opportunities

The Skills Competition is an annual event which has steadily grown year-on-year and celebrates the high standards of catering teams across UK universities. This year the event takes place on 10–11 April at the University of Warwick, where over 50 TUCO members and 150 delegates will put their skills and knowledge to the test as they compete in a series of competitions. 

Each year I’m blown away by the innovation and creativity of the competitors and it further enhances the importance and value of investing in training opportunities. As many of us know, university catering is certainly a diverse field, we’re constantly at the forefront of student trends and innovation, catering for thousands of people each day, whilst also providing professional conferencing and banqueting services. With changes on the horizon and increasing consumer demands, the industry needs to work even more collaboratively to retain and recruit talented individuals and maintain a forward-thinking and innovative reputation for the sector.” 

For more information visit www.tuco.org

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