First 24 graduate in ICCA Dubai's pro bono course
On Saturday May 14, International Centre for Culinary Arts Dubai (ICCA Dubai) held a graduation ceremony for its first batch of students, in the AED 1 Million Continuing Education Award
On Saturday May 14, International Centre for Culinary Arts Dubai (ICCA Dubai) held a graduation ceremony for its first batch of students, in the AED 1 Million Continuing Education Award.
The programme was first launch in 2014, devised in collaboration with Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG), WorldChefs and the City & Guilds London. The programme was designed to provide training to chefs who lacked financial resources.
The ICCA Dubai students underwent a 52 week training programme, which serves as a City & Guilds London accredited IVQ Level 2 qualification. The graduates are now eligible for the qualification of WACS Certified Professional Cook, under the World Chefs Global Certification Scheme.
24 students participated in the graduation ceremony yesterday. The group included young chefs from JW Marriott Marquis, Ritz Carlton, Shakespeare & Co, Shangri-La, Emirates Flight Catering, The Address, Madinat Jumeirah, Fairmont, Atlantis The Palm, JA Resorts, Marriott Courtyard, Radisson Blu, Media One and Unilever.
The event was also attended by Dr. Abdullah Al Karam (chairman, Knowledge and Human Development Authority), Dr. Naji Almahdi (chief, Qualifications & Awards, Dubai), Mohammed Abdullah (managing director, Dubai Knowledge Park), chef Uwe Micheel (chairman ECG & Young Chefs Development Team for WorldChefs) and chef Andy Cuthbert (president of Emirates Culinary Guild).
Commenting on the inaugural graduation ceremony, ICCA Dubai director and CEO Sunjeh Raja said: “The AED 1 Million Dirham Continuing Education Award was set up with an aim to provide everyone an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams and not to be limited by their means while boosting the industry with fresh, skilled resources taking the industry development to the next level ahead of the Dubai Expo 2020."
ICCA Dubai has trained over 6,000 students and has a 100% record of work placement for students.