Three months after the Safeguard Fusion Training Centre was opened in Oldham, the kitchen and classrooms are now registered as an accredited OFQUAL centre for learning.
Safeguard MD Ben Ingham commented: “This has been my dream for a while now and I still can’t believe what we’ve actually achieved. The launch was amazing with more than 70 people attending, but I never imagined how busy we’d be.
“We start a major project with Oldham Carers Centre in November and another with Rochdale Primary Schools in January. We also have events for the NHS and social services with local education authorities and groups working with people who have disabilities, talking to us about what we might do together. I always knew that there would be interest in a different sort of training centre but nothing like this.”
Ingham’s business partner and executive chef Afruj Chowdhury explained: “I want people to learn about healthy food in a whole new way, by enjoying the preparation and cooking of tasty nutritious meals. I am delighted that our centre means that people of all mobility and abilities, ages and social backgrounds can come together and share our passion for food.
“We’re all about training the next generation of chefs and filling that skills shortage but we also want to re-educate people about the joys of sharing a meal.”
Ingham continued: “We’re offering taster sessions, masterclasses and our #CookEatTalk kickstarter project as well as Level 1 and 2 NVQs in fusion and Indian cookery. Professionals and businesses can send their staff here for health and safety and food hygiene training, and in 2016 we’ll be delivering basic English and Maths classes too.”
The next event at the Safeguard Fusion Training Centre is an open day for schools and colleges, happening next month and then a ‘Tinsel BizBreakfast’ will take place in December.
Ingham forecasted: “I can guarantee that your breakfast butty has never tasted as good as the ones we have planned – especially as people will be asked to roll up their sleeves and make their own! There might even be a visit from the big man himself so everyone needs to be extra good between now and then.”