Cityserve has marked the start of National School Meals Week (NSMW) by opening a new state-of-the-art learning and development centre.
Birmingham City Council’s Cllr Majid Mahmood cut the ribbon yesterday (13th November) at an event attended by guests and local school children. The centre is based at Cityserve’s Birmingham headquarters and will be a hub for training, skills and development. It is an accredited Qualsafe Training Centre and has a lecture theatre, break-out spaces, meeting rooms and a refreshment area.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming our staff into the new centre and to talking to other organisations about how they can take advantage of our state-of-the-art resource to help them reach the high standards that we aspire to here at Cityserve,” said Dale Wild, head of service at Cityserve.
As well as investing in the development of Cityserve’s own catering staff, the new Learning and Development Centre will be used to deliver accredited training to education caterers from across the UK as well as catering staff from outside the education sector, providing courses from basic food safety to first aid, menu development and craft chef skills.
“As well as supplying children with excellent and healthy school meals, this new facility offers industry-class accredited training to their 1,400-strong catering workforce and now to the wider food-industry as a commercial venture,” said Mahmood.
Other activities planned by the Birmingham caterer this week include Host a Roast, where Cityserve will join schools across the country in celebrating Food for Life’s National Roast Dinner Day tomorrow.