How to Choose the Right Place to Study Food Preparation Courses
The world of hospitality is a very large one, and the tourist and hospitality industries are often two of the biggest industries in a lot of countries. This means that there is a wide variety of jobs on offer. It also means that there is a lot of competition in these industries, and especially in the food industry. Starting out at entry level can be hard – often, you are relegated to dishwasher and you have to work your way up into certain positions in the kitchen. Getting a qualification upfront allows you to join the industry at a higher level, and probably a higher salary with better benefits.
If you want to study food preparation courses, the first step would be to start looking for a suitable college, academy, or academic establishment where you can take the necessary courses. There are a lot of fly-by-night schools out there, so you have to be careful when you choose where to study. Here we provide you with three top tips that may make the process easier.
- Do your homework: Ask around about reputable academies that offer hospitality and food preparation courses. You can even go to your local hotel or a few restaurants and ask them for recommendations.
- Choose accredited courses: If you can find courses that are internationally accredited, you should choose these. This will open doors when it comes to working in other countries. In South Africa, we also have accreditation requirements, and the college or academy you choose has to be accredited by the relevant SETA, and they should be able to provide proof of this. Recognition by or being part of culinary or hospitality associations also helps.
- Get practical experience: Culinary colleges and academies that provide food preparation courses have to provide more than just theoretical guidance and in-house experience. The best ones partner with restaurants and hotels where students can get real-world experience as an intern during certain times of the year. This is the only way to get professional experience in the real working world, and this will vastly improve your chances when looking for work.
If you need to know more about finding the best college to study food preparation courses, give our team at The Capital Hotel School a call. We will fill you in on all the courses we provide, the costs, and the duration of the courses. We offer nationally and internationally accredited courses, so kick off your career in food and hospitality with us today.