Ukraine - Professional training for hotel and restaurant staff


Ukraine is currently associated in many people’s minds with the fighting in the east of the country. The war is affecting large numbers of families and is a subject of discussion wherever you go, but not all parts of the country are involved in the fighting. In Lviv, formerly Lemberg, in the far west of Ukraine, life is peaceful. Here the problems include high rents, few job opportunities – even for graduates – and a shortage of skilled workers in certain areas.

In Lviv, Knorr-Bremse Global Care has been working for years with Don Bosco Mondo and the associated Catholic order, the Salesians of Don Bosco. Their first joint project, in 2014, involved refurbishing a residential building for orphans and apprentices. Since then, the partnership has intensified, building on the training experience of the Salesians of Don Bosco, who have been offering officially recognized courses for secretarial work, carpentry and sewing at their occupational training center since 2003. The courses finish with an internship in a company.

In 2015, the Salesians of Don Bosco developed a new training course in the field of gastronomy, which Knorr-Bremse Global Care has been supporting ever since. Their new training course is a response to the many new food outlets that have opened in Lviv as tourism has increased. As well as supporting the courses, Knorr-Bremse Global Care financed the equipment for the teaching kitchen. A colleague from the German Senior Expert Service, an organization that sends volunteer experts to work abroad, helped install the equipment when he was in the country.

The Salesians of Don Bosco offer training courses for young women and men who want to be chefs, restaurant specialists and barkeepers. The courses are aimed at school leavers aged between 17 and 19, but also students who want to learn the basics on short courses. Over 240 young people and students have already taken the courses, and demand is extremely high.

The practical elements of the course are very important. The young people work in the training center cafeteria as chefs and waiting staff, and deliver lunch to employees in a nearby firm. Dealing with customers gives the young people a chance to experience directly the usefulness of their training. The course leaders have also added specialisms and expanded the course options. ‘Master courses’ give the trainees a chance to do temporary work in local companies. This lets them specialize in a particular type of international cuisine or in confectionery. Tip for gourmets: Ukraine could soon boast a new generation of successful chefs and its own gourmet cuisine.



Ukraine - Professional Training for Hotel and Restaurant Staff

Focal Issue: Education

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

Beneficiaries: 242 apprentices

Estimated costs:EUR 113,130

Project supervisor: Nadia Thiele

Partner organization: Don Bosco Mondo, Salesians of Don Bosco, Lviv

Duration:July 2015 - April 2017

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