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People 1st partners on European ‘Food for Thought’ project to address sustainability

Performance and talent management expert, People 1st, is leading on research activity in a European project that aims develop a new curriculum focused on local food systems and sustainable food practices.

The ‘Food For Thought’ project brings together five European Partners with specific expertise in the provision of catering and hospitality training. The project came about after being successfully awarded EU Funding under the Erasmus+ Programme. Research had identified that current training across Europe does not significantly address the various aspects of sustainability with learners being at a disadvantage.

The project seeks to anticipate future sector skills needs, improve skills to meet labour market demands and bridge the gap between the worlds of education and the workplace. This will be achieved through the creation of new curriculum focusing on the local food system and sustainable food practices, a course that once designed will be piloted to the students of each partner.

Project lead, Roisin Mckee, People 1st explains “This is an exciting project that seeks to ensure both partners and learners are kept up-to-date with the fast moving menu trends and cuisine styles. The project partners are drawn from France, Iceland, Ireland and the UK and will provide a range of expertise and experience in developing a sustainability curriculum that meets industry needs.”

The project, which began in September 2017, will run for a total of 3 years finishing in August 2020 at which point the new curriculum will be fully integrated into the training delivered by each of the five partners and available to others across Europe.