Exclusive Ranges has joined other industry organisations as a sponsor of Springboard’s FutureChef initiative.
The manufacturer is supporting the programme in order to add its weight to the cause that encourages and inspires young people to consider a career in hospitality, enhances their learning and ensures a pipeline of talent into the future.
Trevor Burke, MD of Exclusive Ranges said: “I have supported Springboard on a personal level by participating in the London to Paris bike ride as a member of Team Velo but felt it was time to do something more. By sponsoring FutureChef we can add our backing to this commendable programme and help to promote our industry to young people.”
Anne Pierce MBE, chief executive, The Springboard Charity and Springboard UK added:“We are thrilled to welcome such a prestigious brand as Exclusive Ranges to our band of FutureChef Supporters. FutureChef is Springboard’s most successful schools programme, educating and inspiring 12-16 year olds to learn about food and cooking, and through the expert input and active engagement from professional chefs and suppliers, we are nurturing the talent we need to progress into apprenticeships and careers as chefs.
“This effort is truly making a difference to young people’s futures and making a difference by tackling the chronic skills shortage of chefs in the industry. FutureChef is a vital stepping stone to brilliant initiatives like Zest Quest Asia and we are proud to be partners and urge others to support our talent pipeline.”
Springboard’s FutureChef aims are to support the food curriculum in schools by offering interactive classroom resources, nurture industry links, teach life skills and build confidence in young people between the ages of 12-16, as well as promote healthy eating and nutrition, with an over-arching goal of promoting a career in the foodservice industry as a viable option upon leaving school.
In the beginning, 127 school pupils participated – FutureChef now annually involves over 8,000 pupils and is growing.