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NEWS & VIEWS SPICE BUSINES S Birmingham puts curry on the curriculum


LOCAL businesses in Birmingham, including several local restauranteurs, have highlighted gaps in the skills of young people starting work, and a curriculum aimed at plugging those gaps has now been developed in the city. From September, ten schools in Birmingham will be teaching teenagers not only how to cook a curry, but also skills around digital data storage, engineering, life sciences and hospitality, as part of the so-called Birmingham Baccalaureate. Teachers from


the schools have developed the cookery lessons with help from the Birmingham Balti Association and Zafar Hussain from the Shabab curry restaurant. Dr Nicki Senior, programme


director for the Birmingham Baccalaureate, said: ‘We already have 10 schools on board and many others have shown support for the award. Putting curry on the curriculum is just the tip of the iceberg. WE want school leavers to have a deeper understanding of their city and what employers in the region


need.” The Birmingham Baccalaureate is designed to meet the needs of younger people in the city, which has more children than pensioners, in contrast to most other population centres in the country. The award, which will be rolled out on a wider scale in 2014, will be delivered by not- for-profit organisation Skills for Birmingham and the City Council and has been developed in association with 50 local employers. n


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