New course to train new breed of hawkers
A course aimed at training professional street food entrepreneurs has been launched.
It's named Street Food Pro 360, and is run by Makansutra, with support from the Employment and Employability Institute, or e2i.
The 30-hour course provides a broad-stroke overview into the models of street food business, skills, opportunities and its cultivation in its first phase.
Following that, students can choose to specialise in one or some other aspects.
The course also includes lessons on the culture of Singapore heritage foods, cooking classes of popular local food, and basic operation skills at a hawker stall.
But it's more than just training in cooking and managing a hawker stall.
Students will also learn how to publicise themselves, through traditional, online and social media.
Some aspects of the course will be conducted by Makansutra founder KF Seetoh.
He explained that many people find Singapore's street food culture very comforting.
But its future is uncertain.
"There are little ideas to teach people how to cook dishes, but I think a new generation of Singaporeans want to be entrepreneurs - street food entrepreneurs. How to be an entrepreneur, a new hipster cafe operator, how to go overseas. So we are opening up the ideas, opening up the doors for them."
The course fees are $3,000 per student.
But e2i will be providing a 90 per cent subsidy of the fees for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.
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