A positive action scheme, to increase the number of female chefs in the hsopitality industry.
The purpose of the project is to support women in catering, to fill a talent skills GAP. Funded by business from within the network and in this case, Elle R shared some of the costs.
Elle R Lesuire wanted to address the under-representation of female chefs, as they believe “female chefs make great chefs.”
The women have been supported through personal and professional development, community café volunteering, outside catering work experience and then went onto a 10-week placement within Albert's Worsley, an Elle R Leisure fine dining restaurant.
Their own Executive Chef Becky Bardsley is leading the way - “We work with around 40 rota chefs, 5 are women. Across the industry women are massively underrepresented, we are committed to making a difference and by nurturing talent from our local communities, we will employ more women chefs in our business. As a mum, myself, I can vouch that it is possible to do the job you love, juggle a family and the hours, if you work for the right company like Elle R Leisure.
Elle R Leisure
Big Top Catering
5 long-term unemployed women supported
4 women gained employment
450 hours of training supplied
£46,800 savings to society
We are so pleased that we have been able to have such a huge impacts on the womens lives and in turn, it looks like we have gained some dedicated, hardworking additions to the team! So pleased to be a part of it all.
Since moving from Italy to the UK over two years ago, she has not been working. She felt this was just the project she needed, as she loves to cook.She has secured part-time employment with Elle R Leisure as a chef in their al a carte restaurants.
The project was her new start, a fresh beginning. She learned lots of new skills both professionally and personally, made new friends, and without this project, she would not like to think where she would be today. She has secured full-time employment with Elle R leisure.
Thank you very much for your help and your effort, you are all amazing.