Restaurateurs call on Govt to implement proposed 'fast track' training scheme16/04/2012 - 10:30:59
The Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) is hoping it can create 4,000 new jobs over the next four years through its proposed "Fast Track Chef" training scheme.
The group, which is holding its annual conference in Dublin today, said 30% of restaurants in a recent survey said they had hired an average of two new staff over the past year.
But the organisation said there is still a shortage of chefs, and is calling on the Government to implement this new training scheme in an effort to get thousands of people off the dole queues.
"It's a four-year training programme specifically targeted at the long-term unemployed," said RAI Chief Executive Adrian Cummins.
"Any apprentice that is coming in under this structured training programme will be able to retain their social welfare benefits, and the employer would be able to get a financial incentive to take people on."
The RAI is also set to call on the Government to scrap its proposal to introduce calorie counts on menus.
The move proposed by the Department of Health and Children would cost each restaurant €5,000 per year, the organisation claims.
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