HARTE hospitality skills served up at St George’s Market

HARTE (Hospitality and Retail Training for Employment) participant Daniela Esposito helps Chef Gerry Faloona serve up a treat for the Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon.
HARTE (Hospitality and Retail Training for Employment) participant Daniela Esposito helps Chef Gerry Faloona serve up a treat for the Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon.

Trainees on the council’s HARTE programme showed off their hospitality skills at St George’s Market today working at a special pop-up kitchen.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nichola Mallon was among visitors to see 18 people at work preparing a three-course meal under the instruction of a professional chef.

HARTE (Hospitality and Retail Training for Employment) offers a range of training, skills, qualifications and professional support to people who are unemployed and looking for a job in either the hospitality or retail industries.

The programme is funded by Belfast City Council, Lisburn City Council and the European Social Fund and is supported by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL). It is delivered by Time Associates.

The Lord Mayor said: “I’m privileged to meet the HARTE participants today and see them working so hard in a kitchen showcasing their fine hospitality skills.

“This particular challenge should lead to the trainees gaining valuable work experience and boost their employment prospects too. I wish them every success with their careers in the hospitality industry.”

Participants gained hands-on experience in team-working, building their customer service skills in a busy market environment as well as enterprise skills through the costing and preparing of the meals.

For more information on the HARTE programme or any of the council’s business events, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/business or www.facebook.com/belfastbusinessinfo

 

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