Economy, Trade & Industry Minister Patrice Minors  said that suitable candidates for the course would be selected from catering workers recently made  redundant, like the staff of the iconic Green Lantern restaurant in  Pembroke. *File photo by Don Burgess
Economy, Trade & Industry Minister Patrice Minors said that suitable candidates for the course would be selected from catering workers recently made redundant, like the staff of the iconic Green Lantern restaurant in Pembroke. *File photo by Don Burgess

FRIDAY, FEB. 17: A total of 40 people are to undergo college courses for kitchen porters and assistants.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Patrice Minors told MPs on Friday said that suitable candidates for the course would be selected from the Financial Assistance database and from catering workers recently made redundant, like the staff of the iconic Green Lantern restaurant in Pembroke.

She added that an orientation process had already started, with part of the training including visits to shadow staff at hotels and restaurants to see what the work entails.

Ms Minors said the training courses would include cleaning and hygiene information, dishwashing and health and safety information.

She added that she had met restaurant owners worried about finding suitable candidates after a rash of work permit refusals for overseas workers.

Ms Minors said: “I also recognise that it is not a task that simply entails washing pots and mopping floors. We now understand there is more responsibility to this job than what was perceived.

“Our goal with the kitchen porter/kitchen assistant training programme is for participants to grasp an understanding of the fundamental knowledge that is required to effectively clean and sanitize surfaces and areas.

“The hospitality industry has accepted this curriculum as one that would adequately prepare participants with the acquired knowledge to become an effective kitchen porter or assistant if hired.

“They also agreed they would look more favourably to hiring these candidates if, in fact, such a position became available in their industry.”