This training package is designed to increase standards in the galley by training and supporting catering staff. It also provides access to an experienced team of consultants, regular vessel visits and weekly practical evaluations, Employing the right person for the job is key to ensuring a loyal, skilful and happy workforce. As part of this programme our clients receive the whole package when they sign up; from high standards of training both onboard and ashore, to evaluation of new and existing catering employees.
This programme includes:
Safe Food Handling and Nutrition Course – Support & Consultancy
All catering staff can take part in a 10-week computer-based and distance coaching training programme comprised of five modules. Course attendees can learn and study onboard five theoretical modules while applying all the knowledge and skills in practical sessions once a week. The second aspect of this course is support and consultancy. A dedicated panel of experts, made up of in-house nutritionists, food technologists and culinary consultants work with course participants to ensure healthy nutrition onboard.
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We go onboard our clients’ vessels regularly to carry out onboard training sessions. The aim of this is to ensure that everything that was taught in the Safe Food Handling and Nutrition Course has been implemented.
We interview and evaluate applicants who are applying for jobs onboard our clients’ vessels, as well as existing staff. We then provide feedback and extensive evaluation to our clients on their skills.
Maritime Culinary Development Programme
We select hotel and restaurant management graduates on behalf of our clients to work onboard their vessels. We then enrol them onto a three-month extensive onshore culinary development programme at our training establishment in Makati, The Philippines. This course provides the trainees with the necessary introductory skills to begin their careers in maritime catering.
Bi – weekly newsletters
MCTC’s experienced team of technologists, nutritionists and culinary training consultants provide the participants with bi-weekly newsletters. These are filled with content to ensure healthy nutrition on board, assist the participants to stay within their set budgets, and help them with the implementation of a food safety system.
MCTC develops weekly menus that are distributed to catering crew members twice a year. These menus are developed to meet the specific requirements of the vessels. For example they can cater for the different nationalities of the crew on board the ship, religious requirements, budgets and available inventory.
Annual Cooking Competitions within Fleets
MCTC regularly holds cooking competitions within its clients’ fleets on a variety of different subjects. The purpose of this is to motivate the crews onboard during festive periods and to encourage crew members to create delicious meals for their colleagues onboard. The winners of the competition are announced in MCTC’s newsletters and they receive a special gift from MCTC.
We attend our clients’ crew conferences and present on issues related to catering onboard the vessel, findings from onboard visits, food safety onboard, healthy nutrition and many more topics.
365 Healthy Days Workshop
(for the wives and children of the seafarers)
We have a launched our new initiative 365 Healthy Days which is a workshop that we hold at our MCTC Far East training establishment in Manila. This workshop is designed to offer the wives and children of the seafarers education in cooking healthy and nutritious meals. This workshop is solely sponsored by MCTC for our clients under the Catering Competency Development Programme subscription.
MCTC’s clients are eligible to send their catering crews to MCTC Far East for briefings, prior to embarking on their next assignment, as well as debriefings after they have disembarked their vessel. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss their course progress and challenges they face onboard, and jointly set targets for their next assignment.