KIDS BAKE: Children having fun in the 'Ice the Cake' contest held during FIM's Open Day recently.
TO meet the increasing manpower needs of the country's hospitality and tourism industries, the Food Institute of Malaysia (FIM) is planning to triple its intake of students from the current 600 per year to 1,800 per year over the next five years.
KFC Holdings (Malaysia) and Ayamas Food Corporation group managing director Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani made the announcement at the institute's Open Day recently.
FIM, a subsidiary of KFC Holdings Bhd, offers courses in Restaurant and Foodservice Management.
It is reputed to have one of the most modern teaching facilities in this discipline in the country, with qualified and experienced staff.
Courses offered include six-month certificate and two-year diploma courses in Foodservice and Restaurant Management, Culinary Arts and Pastry & Bakery.
In the pipeline are certificate and diploma courses in Food Business Studies with retailing as a major, and Professional Cooking.
Many FIM graduates are now pursuing successful careers in the field but a shortage still remains in the area.
Selangor Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad urged students to consider a career in the field as the country's hospitality and tourism industries is in need of qualified young people.
Application for the May enrolment is now open.
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