The Tamarit Beach Resort campsite is committed to training and second chances.
The idea was to offer a space to respond to the shortage of dining room and kitchen staff in the province of Tarragona. "The hotel and catering sector has been particularly affected by the Covid-19 crisis and its restrictions, and it is currently difficult to find qualified staff to work in the tourism sector," says Elisabet Puigbarraca, head of HR.
The training, which took place at Tamarit Beach Resort, was aimed both at the company's own staff - which allowed them to update their knowledge - and at people from outside the company. In this second group, the aim was to reach especially people in need of employment, elderly people in vulnerable situations, young people without studies or work and people affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The training has been carried out by qualified teachers and collaborating centres of Vam Formació i Ensenyament Professional and professionals from Tamarit Beach Resort.
The training plan - with more than 150 hours of theoretical and practical classes - was carried out between January and March and consisted of two main modules: transversal training and technical training. In the first block, work was done on professional and personal orientation, a basic level of English and individual follow-up sessions; in the second block, a distinction was made between the kitchen (with safety rules, hygiene and food handling, and techniques, among others) and the dining room (with the operation of tools and work machines, service protocol, etc.).
Vam Formació i Ensenyament Professional (grouped with PIMEC Formación) and Tamarit Beach Resort were the promoters of the initiative, which was completely free of charge for the students who took part. In addition, there were top-level collaborators such as Juvé&Camps, EuroPastry, Estrella Damm, the FCC environmental education team promoted by Tarragona City Council, DibarCafe, Royal Bliss, Bodegas Yzaguirre and Naboo boosted - Lainox, among others.
Tamarit Beach Resort values the results very positively because they have meant a triple benefit. Xavier Melero, Director of the resort says that "this initiative has helped us, on the one hand, to update the training of our staff to offer the service and quality demanded by our customers; it has also served to train other people outside Tamarit but eager to learn; and finally, it has allowed the incorporation of 3 profiles, for the moment, to our ranks".