Thanks to the William Jackson Food Group and Jacksons Bakery we’re offering free training to school kitchen teams across Hull to help staff and local children reach their potential.


The big-hearted food group is footing the bill for thirty chefs to have our training with Chefs in Schools.


Any schools in Hull can apply for up to two fully funded places. Schools with more than 40% pupils eligible for free school meals will get priority.

Thanks to the William Jackson Food Group we can train 30 school chefs in Hull.
We'll cover: Kitchen Skills, Food Waste, Nutrition, Budgets & Menus
Kids will benefit, staff feel valued, budgets can be healthier.

Our new Hull School Chef Training programme covers everything from skills in the kitchen to the basics of nutrition, as well as how to cut waste, cope with rising food prices and to meet the school food standards. 


Students will feel the benefit as the research is clear, improvements in school food mean increased pupil wellbeing, health and attainment, plus a reduction in obesity. 


Laura Mumford, Head of Training at Chefs in Schools, said: “We’re so incredibly grateful to the William Jackson Food Group for funding this training. Hull has been a pioneer in school food for many years, being the first area to introduce Universal Free School Meals to all children back in 2004, now Jacksons are getting behind that legacy to help fuel the future.


“Being a school chef is a tough job – but there are so many tools, tricks and tips that can really help to produce amazing food in a school. Our training programme results in happier pupils, satisfied staff and brings wide-ranging benefits to the school.” 


The course is suitable for all school kitchen staff and set ups – catered in house or outsourced. It’s designed to boost the confidence and skills of school kitchen teams.

The programme will be delivered through a mix of online modules and in person workshops in the local area, including bread making workshops with the expert bakers from Jacksons Bakery.


Claire Simpson, William Jackson Food Group Head of Culture and Communications, said: “Over many years, we’ve donated hundreds of thousands of Jacksons loaves to schools in our communities so children can have a breakfast before starting the school day. Our partnership with Chefs in Schools takes this work even further by helping schools ensure the food they serve increases pupil wellbeing, health and attainment. 


“We’re a family food business and work hard to benefit the communities in which our businesses operate. In addition to funding the Chefs in Schools project, we’re excited about being hands on through our volunteering programme. It’s a wonderful charity, with exceptional knowledge and a passion for helping children eat more healthily.”


Schools have until July 31st to apply. 

Thank you to all at William Jackson Good Group for making this possible.