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Pathway into Catering

Published: 07/06/2019

Flintshire Communities For Work Plus has recently run another successful “Pathway” course to give local people the opportunity to get into the catering business.

The course involved accredited training on a variety of subjects including food safety, emergency first aid at work, health and safety and a practical cookery session.

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor Derek Butler, said:

“This is another great opportunity for local people to gain experience and skills which will help them find work in the catering business.  It’s great example of partnership working between Flintshire County Council and Can Cook.  Not only have the participants gained valuable qualifications, they also have the opportunity to take advantage of any work experience opportunities on offer.”

One participant, Paul Vaughan Williams, said:

“It’s been a fantastic week.  We’ve gained useful qualitications and the trainers have been very approachable and helpful and there’s a great atmosphere in the group, we’re all very supportive of each other.  Communities for Work Plus is an amazing team – ace, in fact!  I will definitely look to go on more courses.”

Communities For Work Plus is a Welsh Government programme providing one-to-one mentoring and advice to help you into employment.

Can Cook is a social enterprise based in Liverpool which was set up in 2007 as a food organisation working with people living in South Liverpool who didn’t have basic cookery skills. 

Flintshire County Council works in partnership with Can Cook to deliver the successful “Share Your Lunch” programme which will run for a second year.  This year, the programme will provide free lunches over the six week summer holiday period to 27 play schemes throughout Flintshire. 

For further information and to enrol on the programme, please contact Janiene at Communities For Work Plus on 01352 704434 or email:

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Emma Rathmell and Paula Vaughan Williams with Head Chef of Can Cook Tony Evans     


Pictures JANE WIDDOWSON                


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Laura Hankey Manager of Can Cook along with Flintshire County Council's Janiene Davies - Pathway Catering Communites for Work, Students Anne Hughes, Tenzile Ozturk, Krysia Cunningham, Monica Ramos, Emma Rathmell, Paula Vaughan Williams, Shannon Latham with Head Chef of Can Cook Tony Evans


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