Chef Management & Leadership Training Programme open for applications


A new Chef Management & Leadership Training Programme was launched at the end of last week by People 1st and backed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and the Scottish Government.

It is offering a limited number of fully-funded places for the 15 week course that runs from 21 February to 21 March.  The programme aims to provide head chefs and aspiring chefs the tools to help them manage, motivate and retain staff effectively. Those completing the course will receive certification in leadership and management skills.

Sandra Kelly, UK Director, People 1st International explained, “The hospitality and tourism industry has faced a turbulent time over the past two years, however as it begins to rebuild we have an opportunity to grow our top talent and ensure they are supported. By making managers a key learning and development focus, we’ll help them to become better people managers with the skills and confidence to address individual team needs”

Lawrence Durden, Tourism Sector Manager for Tourism at Skills Development Scotland (SDS) said, “The COVID -19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the hospitality sector which is experiencing widespread attrition meaning many experience industry leaders and staff may no longer be working in hospitality creating business challenges for those who remain. Skills Development Scotland is delighted to support this programme, funded by Scottish government, which will support head chefs and aspiring head chefs to gain the skills and knowledge to grow strong teams who have the skills to drive recovery in the sector.”

Chefs can apply at