Cooks train to become chefs

National, Normal

The National, Monday February 10th, 2014

 THREE landowner catering companies providing services to Oil Search camps in the Highlands for 20 years have made a breakthrough for Papua New Guinea’s growing commercial cooking industry.

Kutubu Catering Ltd, Gobe Catering Ltd and Gigira Catering Services, all managed by the Eurest PNG Catering and Services, have agreed with the PNG National Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Board (NATTB) to enrol eight staff in the four-year Certificate III  Hospitality course. 

Once completed, the apprentices will become qualified chefs. 

Novices will be taught on site by the Eurest catering training centre, a registered training organisation dedicated to the education of apprentices and staff in the hospitality industry.

Brian Clowes of the NATTB, visited Oil Search’s Moro camp to establish the agreement with Eurest area managers, Mike Kroeger and Karl Reisenbauer.

The apprentices acknowledged Oil Search, Kutubu Catering Limited, Gobe Catering Limited, Gigira Catering Services, Eurest PNG, the NATTB and their trainers for providing the opportunity.

As a result of this initiative, Kutubu, Hides and Gobe will have up to 26 newly qualified chefs working within the Oil Search project areas after the completion of courses.   

Kutubu Catering Ltd and Eurest PNG are also preparing nine trade testing candidates to obtain their accreditation through recognition of prior learning, a form of trade testing for staff.