The funds will go toward specialized kitchen equipment and to help organize future gourmet events known as “Bistro Boréal,” which allow students to put into practice classroom training and manage a culinary event from start to finish.
To mark the donation, the school’s cafeteria will now be known as the Goldcorp Cafeteria.
“Goldcorp – Porcupine Gold Mines is strongly committed to the Timmins community,” said Marc Lauzier, PGM’s general director, in a news release. “We are always thrilled to work with Collège Boréal in order to help train the local workforce.”
Offered in Timmins and in Sudbury, Collège Boréal’s Culinary Arts-Chef Training and Culinary Management programs allow students to gain the necessary knowledge and skills required to prepare and present culinary fare in accordance with industry standards.
According to a recent report on labour supply and demand published by Tourism HR Canada, the tourism industry across the country faces critical labour shortages in the coming years. Projections indicate that Ontario will face the highest shortage of workers, particularly in the restaurant subsector.
In fact, by 2030, it is anticipated that these labour shortages will reach 137,000 jobs per year. Chefs and food service managers are among the top five jobs for which there will be the greatest demand facing the highest labour shortages.
“Collège Boréal is committed to providing quality training programs in response to local labour market demands,” said college president Daniel Giroux in the release.
“This equipment allows us to increase the number of experiential learning opportunities for our students which better prepare them for the future.”