Minister of Labor tours the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
The Minister of Labor Samir Murad visited the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) on Sunday, October 24th 2010, during which he was briefed about the Academy's operations and given a tour of its facilities.
The Minister was also informed about the many opportunities that await the academy's graduates, locally, regionally and internationally. He also met with a group of RACA's students who are on scholarships provided by the Employment and Vocational and Technical Education and Training Fund (E-TVET), which falls under the Ministry's guidance. The students explained the notable improvement they gained in their knowledge and skills since enrolling at the academy and their excitement at the prospects that await them upon their graduation.
Tamir Shaaban, Public Relations Manager at RACA, underscored the important role played by the Academy in the Jordanian labor market, quoting a recent study which indicated that over the next five years; approximately 5,000 job opportunities per year will be available in the Kingdom's tourism sector, of which the culinary arts constitute an integral element. He added that the Academy, with its product offering of an internationally accredited diploma program, ensures the supply of skilled and qualified professionals to the Jordanian workforce.
"We were honored with the visit made by His Excellency Mr. Samir Murad, as it reflects the government's commitment to providing an employable, qualified, and skilled labor force," commented Shaaban. "The objectives outlined by RACA fall in line with those of the government, as one of our main goals is to have a positive impact on the hospitality sector by providing employable graduates in Jordan."
Murad expressed his admiration of the facilities and the superior level of knowledge and expertise showcased by the Academy's faculty and students, stressing that the Academy shoulders a responsibility of being the benchmark for culinary education, in Jordan and the region. He further expressed his elation that a greater number of students are approaching fields of education that are still considered unconventional in our culture, attributing this evolution in thinking to the successful promotional campaigns devised by RACA towards bolstering awareness on culinary arts and the prosperous careers they present.
RACA is has become the benchmark for a culinary arts education in Jordan and the region by implementing the professional method of Swiss education and training. The Academy offers diplomas in culinary arts coupled with the opportunity for students to earn a bachelors degree through the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, by bridging to any of the Les Roches campuses in Switzerland, Spain, and the US.
Founded in 2008, RACA has graduated 2 classes comprising of 22 diploma students. This year, 45 new students have joined the academy, raising the total number of its student base to 105. Applications for the semester beginning in January 2011 are now being accepted.