We hosted a Best Practice Exchange and Virtual International Pressure Test with international experts and educators to transfer global best practice and champion higher quality training standards within the UK.
The remote pressure test was a first for both nations involved therefore additional preparation was required to ensure it was a beneficial and successful event. The remote aspect worked well due to the streaming device set up. This allowed each competitor to be viewed and marked accurately. Both experts have revised their training plans to allow a more blended approach, incorporating both face to face and remote events for their competitors moving forward.
Industry requires a very high standard of accuracy and pace and as education deals with a broad range of students, skills needs to be developed prior to employment and continue to be developed in the workplace. Students must be willing to up-skill their own skill set and must strive to meet industry standards
The UK educations system is training to a level of competence of a broad range of skills in this industry. The WSOS is designed to assess and measure the excellence across a broader range of specific skills. Therefore, there is a skills gaps and the training manager is there to identify and develop these skills.
I found the experience gave me a great insight into the different way competitors perform once they become under pressure, which highlighted the importance of pressure testing. In addition, I have been able to compare the time allocated to prepare the competitors in each country and the resources provided for restaurant service training.
As squad members, we had an excellent experience of working with the international partner. We also experienced performing under pressure and gained a lot of insight as to how easy it is to miss out an ingredient or use the incorrect sequence to complete the task.