11. 3. 2022.

Training at MV Fortune in Niš

Within the Programme "Inclusion of Roma and other marginalized groups in Serbia", implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in cooperation with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue, a training for chefs is under way at MV Fortune in Niš. The training is carried out with the professional support of GFA Consulting Group, in retail stores of MV Fortune (Caesar fast food) in Nis.

Training for five chefs began at the end of February and will continue until the end of May 2022. Nikola Milić, director of MV Fortune, said the candidates were mainly selected based on recommendation, and the employee recommendations were the best. They are very satisfied with the selection of candidates, that is, training participants. Participants include three girls and two young men, all under the age of 30.

Several are studying, and Elvira Mekić (20 years old) has been given the opportunity to complete the Law and Bureautechnical School in Nis. When asked how she manages to harmonise school and training, Elvira says it's not difficult at all, when you organize well: "I'm very pleased with the training and what I've learned, I like to make pancakes the most. I've made new friends and friends here, my team is great!"

The facility we visited is the largest Caesar fast food in Niš, where only the garden has 100 seats. Crowds are constant, among other things, citizens are keen to go out and sit in the garden. "The pandemic has affected the work of all caterers, including us," says Nikola Milić. "Yet we managed to get through the most difficult period without reducing the number of employees and slowly returning to the former turnover. Delivery, meanwhile, has grown multiple times, so it has compensated fewer guests."

All training participants go through several workplaces in the building, are also trained as kitchen assistants, waiters, checkout work and multiple facilities to learn about the specifics of certain facilities and locations.

Catering employees are mostly young, often students, Nikola says, which is why there is an outflow of employees, those who finish their studies, but some choose to go to the seaside during the tourist season and earn realistically more than they can here.