On June 2 2020, it was announced that Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School (AHCTS) will close due to the impact of COVID-19 on its on-going viability.
General manager Paul Anderson says it was with much sadness that he informed 60 students currently enrolled at AHCTS that the cookery school was closing.
About half of the students are New Zealand residents, from nearby Auckland suburbs and the other half are international enrolments.
“Our students returned to training when New Zealand moved to level 3, with classes being divided between multiple kitchens,” says Anderson. “With the Covid-19 pandemic there was a complete turnaround from high demand for trained chefs to virtually no demand for new trainees. International border closures have also prevented international students from travelling to study.”
AHCTS is supporting cookery students to transition to other providers. The five tutorial and three management staff were notified of the closure a few weeks ago and were involved in developing a programme to support students on-going study.
Staff are being supported to find employment.