The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET) is on a recruitment drive for new sponsors of students wishing to apply for the foundation degree in kitchen design at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU).
TKET has been one of the biggest drivers behind moves to professionalise the kitchen industry and create structured educational opportunities.
Its roster of industry supporters, currently includes AEG, Blanco, Blum, BSH, CDUK, Cosentino, Daro, Decoglaze, Egger, Franke, Häfele, LDL, Miele, Rotpunkt and Symphony.
It said it wanted to expand this list to provide more opportunities, including scholarships, for students taking the course.
Craig Matson (pictured), managing director of kitchen retailer Roundhouse Design and TKET chairman, said: “For the kitchen business, finding the right people with the right qualifications and experience when recruiting, can be difficult.
“Better training and education for potential employees equips them with the knowledge to meet the increasing demands of the evolving kitchen business and industry. It is this need that underpins the successful kitchen design course at BNU.”
Jamie Harding, commercial director at Berkshire KBB retailer KCA said: “We used to do our own training but, being busy, affording the time to commit to training was often a big problem.
“This course is a fast track to a superb education and brings new, fresh ideas to our studio. It shows in the figures and is paying dividends with conversion rates and an overall upward trend. I recommend it 100% to anyone thinking of sending a student on the course.”
Matson added: “TKET offers the kitchen business an exciting opportunity to help create a more knowledgeable and creative industry.”