By Felix Oketcho
Nakasero: In a move aimed to professionalise the hospitality industry, the Culinary Association of Uganda has partnered with the Directorate of Industrial Training to extend continuous professional development to hotel and restaurant chefs.
Reagan Kawuki-President of the Association told his members during the training session last Friday at Fairway Hotel Nakasero that the move will enhance salary enhancement for their members since they will have attained great skills.
“We expect salary for our members to be increased after our members undergoing continuous professional development training in future as part of our goal in the next five years. We are also to mobilise savings for the association so that our members can participate in other income-generating activities,” Kawuki said.
He urged chefs to unite and form saving and credit groups to benefit from government programmes like Emyooga and Village Parish Model as another source of money for their future projects.
Meanwhile, Kawuki pledged to work with other government agencies like Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (UHTTI) in skilling chefs and other restaurant workers in the next five years period.
UHTTI- is a government-owned tertiary institution established under an Act of Parliament –UHTTI Act (2015) with a mandate to undertake training and conduct research in tourism and hospitality, to advance skills and knowledge in the industry.
“Studying at UHTTI will be academically worth two or three years and your learning experience continue outside the lecture room. As you arrive, we will be helping you to get to grips with your learning, providing a personalized study environment, quiet and ideal atmosphere,” Kawuki added.
Infact, as we report this, Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute is already undertaking a skilling program with the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT). The program entails skilling in pastry and bakery, food & beverage service and food production.
At the end of the training, the trainees are expected to be awarded certificates for successfully completing the skilling program.
Pictorial Of Culinary Association Training At Fairway Hotel