Rising Skills: Emerging Skills in the Food Services Trades

The Conference Board of Canada, 12 pages, December 14, 2020
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Commercial kitchens are becoming more automated, connected, and diverse workplaces. This briefing looks at the skill sets that food services tradespeople—in particular, the Red Seal trades of cook and baker—need to adapt, as well as how employers can find the skilled talent they need.

Document Highlights

Four trends are defining the future of food services trades: automated cooking and baking processes, labour shortages, the increasing popularity of mobile apps for restaurants and the growing use of social media. To address these shifts, food services tradespeople need communication, adaptability, client relations, management, and creativity skills.

This issue briefing suggests ways to strengthen training and upskilling for tradespeople in the Canadian food services trade sector:

  • Prioritize social and emotional skills in apprenticeship training.
  • Raise awareness of the meaningful career opportunities in the food services trades.
  • Adjust the Provincial Nominee Program to include cooks, chefs, and bakers in regions facing labour shortages in these occupations.
  • Raise awareness of the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Table of Contents

Key findings


Four trends in the food service trades

Human skills

What needs to happen?

A promising initiative: Be Our Guest

What are we doing?

Appendix A—Methodology

Appendix B—Bibliography

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