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Catering and hospitality course

Catering and hospitality course

Gateway Certificate for Skills in Hospitality and Catering

The course, that has been running since 2001, is a collaboration between Eddie's, Cambridge Regional College, and St John's College. Students will complete coursework, and practical work in the catering department, at St Johnís College, working in the kitchen, student†canteen†and Fellows' dining room alongside the professional staff.

Eddie's support with pastoral care, workwear and help with securing work experience. Cambridge Regional College, is responsible for delivering the qualifications, teaching, learning and assessment of the programme and offer the on-course learning support and welfare support of the students. Also the enrolment of all students, liaison with examination boards and the awarding qualification certificates, and will also take the lead on Education, Health and Care Plans. St John's College provide the classroom space and the practical work within the catering department. All the organisations work together to ensure a safe working environment, sharing knowledge and information where appropriate.

What you will study?

Learners will work towards a Gateway Certificate in Skills for Hospitality and Catering. The topics to be covered are introduction to the hospitality industry, customer service, basic cooking, basic food prep, serving food and drink, using numeracy skills at work and conduct at work. Maths and English are embedded within work skills and functional maths and English will be delivered in a classroom setting. On a Monday the learners have a cooking session at an off- site kitchen: they shop, prepare, cook and serve a two course meal in which they eat for their lunch. Learners have an opportunity to take part in work experience. †

What can you do after the Study Programme?

Year 1 and 2 assessment is through a portfolio for the Gateway qualification, Year 1 can lead onto year 2. Year 2 may lead onto employment or assist access to a higher level of qualification for the catering and hospitality sector.†Past students have gone on to work at St Johnís, other colleges, Marks and Spencer's and the National Trust. Students have also chosen to continue their education at the Cambridge Regional College.

Additional information

The programme is three days a week for 38 weeks. Learners are also able to take part in work experience placements within local businesses.

For more information please contact David Clark, 01223 883140 (Mon), 01223 351174 (Tue - Fri) David.Clark@eddies.org.uk

Comments from our 2018 students

James, 18, from Soham, loved to cook so signed up to the course. He now feels more independent and has thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the professional chefs. He says the course has also helped him focus for longer which will help him moving forward.

Elizabeth, 25, from Ely, signed up to the course to gain qualifications, self-confidence and new skills. She says she has most enjoyed working alongside the professional chefs and during her course has become much more confident and independent. Next Elizabeth plans to enrol on a one year supported internship course at CRC.

Leona, 21, from Fenstanton, has loved her time on the course. She can now follow a recipe and has made lots of new friends. She hopes to stay another year and develop her serving skills.

Vito, 23, from Papworth, signed up to the course to make new friends and develop new skills. Heís become much more confident and has really enjoyed his time.

Mitchell, 20, from Waterbeach, wanted to learn new skills. He says his knife skills have vastly improved. He has enjoyed trips and feels much more confident.†



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