Training Programme Launched to Upskill Chefs in Northland

Marisa Bidios, CEO of Restaurant Association

After recognising a need to grow and develop the hospitality industry in Northland, the Restaurant Association and NorthTec have launched the Te Tupu Tahi training programme.

Te Tupu Tahi represents ‘to grow together or simultaneously’, growing the employee as well as the business and therefore the hospitality industry as a whole. The training programme comprises workplace based training along with online learning and gives junior chefs working in professional kitchens or those interested in becoming chefs an opportunity to receive a NZ Certificate in Cookery Level 3 and Level 4.

Trainees will attend sessions at NorthTec’s Raumanga campus during the course of the programme, and will be supported in their workplace by the Restaurant Association Te Tupu Tahi coordinator and NorthTec’s kaiako. Trainees are expected to engage in online self-directed learning for most theory work in the programme. The focus will predominantly be on students acquiring underpinning knowledge to integrate with their practical workplace learning experiences. 

“Involvement in the programme makes it easier for chefs in Te Tai Tokerau to gain qualifications whilst working in our industry. In addition, knowing they have mentoring support from a team through their training is a vital component to their success,” said Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois.

“By upskilling the employee, they will gain a sense of accomplishment, increase industry knowledge, and therefore be a more valuable asset to the business itself.  This will in turn improve productivity, reduce staffing turnover, empower staff, and ultimately improve the business overall.

Trainees will be assessed on prior skills and work in discussion with the employer which reduces the time spent away from the business.

Businesses and students wishing to apply can do so at