Catering company trains soldiers with vital culinary skills

By: PNG Business News November 06, 2023

iPi Catering Trainer Nanai Sere and batch one participants during practical kitchen operations training

iPi Catering, a subsidiary of the iPi Group, completed its Kitchen Operations training program with members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF).

This monumental achievement resulted in 18 men successfully completing their training.

iPi Group’s chief executive officer Peter Long expressed delight in delivering the course and commended the participants for their remarkable progress and enthusiasm.

“The participants have demonstrated enthusiasm and gained valuable skills that will serve them well in their future work,” he said.

The program unfolded with the first batch of 8 men completing their 4-week training in August, followed by 10 more in September.

“They have led the way and chartered a refreshing approach to areas of skills acquisition no other in the Defence has currently done,” Long said

Sargent Miriki, one of the 18 men who completed the course emphasized the competency-based nature of the training, noting that they gained essential skills and knowledge needed to cook.

Meanwhile Sargent Chikou, another participant said, “Apart from learning how to cook, we took a look into food safety, meal preparation, and kitchen management.”

He said the training highlighted the importance of team work and collaboration reflecting the real-world military scenarios.

Representatives from PNGDF praised the program for its effectiveness and the positive impact it will have on the participants' careers.

According to iPi Catering Training Coordinator Nanai Sere, the soldiers received their attainment certificates, marking an equal milestone for both entities.

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