WORKERS of tomorrow have been put through their paces in the kitchen thanks to help from Teignbridge District Council.
Seventeen students at TQ12 Brunel Centre have been presented with certificates after achieving their Level 2 award in food safety in catering.
They were helped on their way to success by Teignbridge's environmental health department officers Martin White and Sam Hart and e-training catering staff.
The innovative centre, which was funded by Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council, is aimed at providing post-16 education training courses for students with that will equip them with life-skills so they can secure jobs locally.
It is run jointly by the three secondary schools serving the area Teign School, Coombeshead Academy and Newton Abbot College.
TQ12 provides vocational training for young people in construction trades as well as a training kitchen and restaurant for catering students. It opened to its first cohort of students in September 2012.
The restaurant is open to the public from Wednesday to Friday each week to give the students real, hands-on experience.
The Level 2 award was delivered over four weeks and included new and relevant training to help the students learn all about hygiene standards in the kitchen and how to comply with food hygiene regulations.
All 17 students passed the end-of-course exam, much to the delight of staff and trainers. They were presented with certificates by Teignbridge District Council's Cllr Kevin Lake, the executive spokesman for environmental services.
Cllr Lake said: "Our congratulations go to all the students who passed. It's great news and many worked really hard. Our officers were really impressed by the standards of work. Many were enthusiastic and this stands them in good stead for the world of work.
"One of our goals is to work with partners to help provide opportunities in work placements, training and employment for young people and this fits neatly into those areas."
The presentation comes at a time when responsibility for the health of Devon's communities has been handed back to local authorities by the Department of Health.
The transfer will see Devon County Council take on the Public Health brief with involvement from district councils including Teignbridge's own Environmental Health department.
District councils like Teignbridge will play an important role in this because it oversees key services that influence the health of communities, such as housing, environmental health, employment and air quality.
As part of its wider involvement in Public Health, Teignbridge's Environmental Health plans to deliver the course again to the newly enrolled students in September 2013 together with the Level 2 Award in Healthier Foods and Special Diets.