On 01 February 2018, four top chefs teamed up with graduate students from Foxes Academy, part of the Aurora Group, to serve up a fine dining experience for 60 industry employers at The Castle Hotel, Taunton.
A joint partnership between Foxes Academy, (a hospitality and catering training hotel for young people with learning disabilities) and The Castle Hotel, employers were asked to pledge work opportunities and sign up to the Government’s Disability Confident programme.
All chefs kindly donated their time and ingredients to raise awareness with their peers about the economic and cultural benefits of employing a diverse team.
Workers with learning disabilities face higher than typical unemployment rates which stands at just 5.8% for paid work. By stark contrast 73% of Foxes’ leavers over the past 3 years (2015 to 2017) entered employment.
The Castle’s Head Chef, Liam Finnegan has been an inspiration to the young students, aged between 17 and 25. He has encouraged them by offering work experience placements and taken on a Commis Chef with learning disabilities who trained in the hotel’s kitchen to NVQ Level 2 and was awarded ‘Outstanding Individual’ as part of Adult Learners’ Week.
Well done and thank you to all those involved!
The Aurora Group
The Aurora Group is an innovative provider of education and care for children and adults with special needs.