Bath College is being awarded more than £2 million from the West of England Joint Committee’s Local Growth Fund to support the refurbishment of its Catering and Hospitality Education and Training Hub. This will create a state-of-the-art hub with specialist training facilities to keep pace with the growing demand for hospitality and catering sector skills.
The College held a consultation meeting with local hospitality businesses to get ideas about how to develop the catering and hospitality provision to further meet local demand.
The consultation was attended by representatives from Chaine des Rottisseurs, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Bath Pub Company, Hotel Indigo, Corkage, Babington House, Searcy’s, Edible Arts Patisserie, Koffman & Mr Whites and The Manor House.
The Ralph Allen Building currently houses the catering facilities, however this building has recently been sold, so architects are currently planning with the College how they can move it into the Roper Building.
The brand new facilities will include a full commercial restaurant as well as both a skills and production kitchen, set to open in the Autumn term.
Students will be learning skills including 5 course menus to industry standards as well as training high-end front of house skills.
The kitchens will each hold space for sixteen students including a disabled access station and a lecture space.
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said: “We are delighted at the allocations of the capital funds for catering/hospitality as we know how beneficial it will be to the local economy.
“Furthermore, it’s a real vote of confidence in Bath College’s staff and students, who will benefit greatly.”
Bath College regularly works with local restaurants and hotels such as Lucknam Park, The Pig, The Bath Priory and others to give students the best possible industry experience whilst studying.
With the College’s own restaurant being moved to Roper Building, the hope is that more members of the public take advantage of the facilities, giving students the experience they require.
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