Museum Of East Anglian Life Launches The Skills Kitchen

The Museum of East Anglian Life is excited to announce the launch of a new training programme, The Skills Kitchen, which will introduce participants to the wide variety of work and roles that exist within the food industry and support them to take their next steps into training or work.

Over the course of four months, learners will take part in weekly training sessions at the museum which explore the range of skills needed in different areas of the sector. Throughout the programme there will be ‘expert’ talks and local site visits where participants will listen to and meet professionals who have careers in the Suffolk food industry. They will gain insight into the different paths available to follow and the skills needed for the work that they do.

During the programme participants will learn how to cook food from a range of cultures and cuisines whilst at the same time building their own portfolio of transferable skills. Each learner will also be allocated a mentor for the duration of the programme who will support them with career advice and assist with articulating future goals. There will also be focused sessions on the abilities needed to work in a business as well as team activities aimed at building interpersonal and communication skills.

The Skills Kitchenwill culminate in learners working together to plan, market and deliver a series of different cuisine themed events at the museum. Participants will be able to put into practice the skills and knowledge they have learnt over the programme and celebrate their achievements.

The programme starts in April 2021 although participants must be enrolled by Friday 26 February 2021. The commitment for those taking part is approximately one day per week. There are no fees attached to taking part. Assistance may be available with travel costs and or childcare if needed.

The programme is funded by The European Social Fund and granted by Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils. It is for people aged 16 or over who are not currently in education/training and who are unemployed or economically inactive and live in Suffolk or Norfolk. They must also have permission to live in the UK and to work in an EU country.

The Museum of East Anglian Life, an open-air museum located in Stowmarket, is an independent educational charity. We tell stories through historic buildings, a 75-acre estate, animals, gardens and a collection of 40,000 objects. Through our collection, we seek to engage people with where their food comes from and how it is consumed. In hosting the Skills Kitchen at the museum we have an opportunity to share our specialist knowledge and provide a better understanding of food production and food culture.  

“We are looking forward to working with participants on the Skills Kitchen project and creating opportunities for their ongoing development within the food industry in Suffolk,” says Jenny Cousins, Director, Museum of East Anglian Life.

If you or someone you know is interested in taking part in this programme, please email or call 01449 612229 for an informal chat and details of the application process.

Alternatively, more information about the programme is at:

The Skills Kitchen Schedule/Key Dates

Application deadline: 31 January 2021

Follow-up interviews to be arranged on an individual basis.

Online Taster Sessions: 18 January 2021
Join us via Zoom for a short presentation about the project and a Q&A session with members of the team. Please contact Sally Dix via or call on 01449 612229 to book your place.

Programme Induction Date: Monday 12 April

Programme Start Date: Friday 16 April

Programme End Date: Friday 30 July

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