The ‘Food For Thought’ project brings together 5 European Partners with specific expertise in the provision of catering and hospitality training and identifying emerging trends and skills requirements within the sector through collaboration with industry ambassadors, education providers and government departments. Collectively the partners recognise the priorities of the EU 2020 ‘New Skills for New Jobs” by:
ONE – Seeking to anticipate more clearly future skills needs
TWO – Developing better matching between skills and labour market needs.
THREE – Bridging the gap between the worlds of education and work.
The key objectives of the Erasmus+ Programme is also pivotal by “developing initiatives … that address VET education training and promote innovation, exchange of experience and know-how”. Outcomes will be focused on the quality and relevance of catering and hospitality VET which currently does not significantly address in its curriculum the various aspects of the local food system and sustainable food practices. Learners therefore are at a disadvantage as they do not have them modern knowledge and skills to understand the economic, environmental and social benefits of the local and the wider European food industry affecting their future careers. Today, menu trends and cuisine styles are dominated by local produce & environmental sustainability such as artisan, organic and vegan and thus VET must adapt their provision to align with this.
This will be achieved through the design and delivery of 3 innovative outputs; evidence based learning outcomes & 6 bespoke learning units and for the ‘Food of Thought’ course (IO1), curricula and course materials to support course delivery (IO2) and an open source online toolkit to provide access and enable VET trainers across Europe to independently deliver the innovative curricula and course materials which have been developed to support both educational & behavioural change in regards to local food & sustainability.