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Local businesses, dignitaries and parents were given a flavour of East Berkshire College's new Hospitality & Catering Academy at an exclusive preview launch at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Thursday (8th November 2012).

Among those attending the event were Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, and local businesses from across Berkshire including CH&Co, The Fat Duck, Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, The Harte & Garter Hotel and Aramark.

Guests at the special launch were able to take a virtual tour of the College's professional training facilities, which are due to open at the Langley Campus in autumn 2013, and find out about the College's new range of courses (from professional cookery to front of house).

Caroline Fry, Chief Executive of CH&Co and a patron of the new academy, said: "It is fantastic that this academy has been launched and we are privileged to be involved. Chefs are vital to our business as we are a food from scratch company and we need continuing generations to take career choices in catering. If you have the passion and enthusiasm, you can go far in this industry."

Dressed in their chef whites, the College's first intake of catering students prepared some of the food for the launch and waited on guests. Budding chefs Layla Jones and Claire Almond even prepared some festive cupcakes for the occasion.

Student Layla Jones (from Slough), who is studying on the Professional Cookery Diploma Level 2 course, was delighted to be part of the event.

"The launch was a really good experience to have so early in the course. It taught us how to work together as a team and under pressure to get the food ready on time. I've always been interested in cooking and I'd like to be a head chef in a top restaurant one day, so it is great to be able to learn in professional kitchens and work at events like this." WSR 112_web_home_small

The new state-of-the-art Hospitality & Catering Academy is part of the College's £16m investment in its Langley Campus. Helping to meet the training needs of local businesses in this thriving sector, the facility will accommodate training kitchens, a working restaurant, simulated hotel environment and conference suite. This will enable the College to deliver for the first time, full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships, in hospitality and catering.

Ahead of the construction of the College's new facilities, the first intake of students are undertaking theory and practical lessons at Royal Windsor Racecourse as well as gaining valuable experience in a real working environment.

As a thriving industry both locally and nationally, the hospitality and catering sector offers a variety of career paths in hotels, restaurants, bars and conference centres. The College's new courses reflect this, covering a wide range of aspects including food safety, professional cookery, food and beverage service, housekeeping and front of house operations. Part-time courses are also available such as Asian Cookery and Wine Tasting.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of full-time and part-time hospitality and catering courses, call 0845 373 2500 or click here.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships and workplace training can contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published in Hospitality & Catering

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Hospitality and catering students from East Berkshire College are set to benefit from a unique learning experience thanks to an exciting new partnership between the College and Royal Windsor Racecourse.

Ahead of the construction of the College's new training kitchens and restaurant, which is due to open at the Langley Campus in autumn 2013, the first intake of students will start their training this October at the prestigious racecourse. The students will undertake both theory and practical lessons at the venue as well as gaining valuable experience in a real working environment.

Jason Mayhead, Head of Conference Sales and Events at Royal Windsor Racecourse, explains: "We are delighted to be involved with East Berkshire College's new Hospitality & Catering Academy. With the extensive tourist industry in this area, there is a definite need for this kind of training centre. It is an excellent initiative to develop the next generation of home-grown chefs and managers. As a company, we are proud to play a role in developing the skills and knowledge of these young people."

Yvette Marshall, Hospitality Manager at the College, adds: "We are extremely excited to offer professional training courses in a professional environment. This partnership will enable us to offer our students an exceptional learning opportunity. It will provide them with the chance to experience a real live workplace and meet skilled professionals working in the industry. We hope this is the start of a longstanding relationship between the racecourse and the College, which will benefit not only our current but future students."

The College's new Hospitality & Catering Academy is part of a £16m improvement plan for its Langley Campus in Station Road. Helping to meet the training needs of local employers in this thriving sector, the academy will accommodate training kitchens, a working restaurant and conference suite. This will enable the College to deliver, for the first time, full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships, in hospitality and catering.

As a thriving industry both locally and nationally, the hospitality and catering sector offers a variety of career paths in hotels, restaurants, bars and conference centres. The College's new courses reflect this, covering a wide range of aspects including food safety, professional cookery, food and beverage service, housekeeping and front of house operations. Part-time courses are also available such as Asian Cookery and Wine Tasting.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of full-time and part-time hospitality and catering courses, call 0845 373 2500 or click here.

Published in Hospitality & Catering
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 15:27

A college for the 21st century in Langley

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East Berkshire College is pleased to announce that its improvement plan for the Langley Campus in Station Road has been given the green light. The £16m project will provide state-of-the-art learning facilities, including a new Hospitality & Catering Academy, to meet the community's current and future learning needs.

Through consultation with students, staff and local residents, the College's project team has developed an exciting evolutionary design for the campus. The improvements include some internal remodelling and extension to the existing main building to provide more social spaces and study areas for students, an enhanced reception area and improved landscaping.

At the rear of the existing building, the College plans to develop a multi-purpose sports centre with an outdoor games area, which would accommodate a sports hall, a gym, dance studio and changing rooms. The facility will not only meet the needs of the College's successful Sports Academy, but also provide the local community with public use of new sports amenities. New Internal_view_web

"We are very excited to be moving forward with our plans to improve the Langley Campus," explains Principal Kate Webb. "The project marks a significant investment in the local area by the College and is part of our ongoing commitment to providing the best facilities for students, staff, employers and the local community. We believe these improvements will help us to truly become a College for the 21st century and better serve the community for years to come."

As part of the plans, an exciting new hospitality and catering department is being launched to meet the training needs of local employers in this thriving industry. Helping to meet the predicted growth of jobs in this sector by 2013, the facility will accommodate training kitchens, a restaurant and conference suite. This will enable the College to deliver, for the first time, full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships, in hospitality and catering.

Daubroy Delahunty, Training & Development Manager at Beaumont Estate in Windsor, welcomes the new hospitality and catering provision at the College. He explains:

"As a company we strongly believe in developing local talent, which is why we are working with East Berkshire College on a new apprenticeship scheme. The College's new hospitality and catering academy in Langley will meet an important training need in the local area and we are delighted to be part of it. Recruiting local people enriches our customer experience as our employees are able to provide our guests with local knowledge as well as a great service."

The Langley Campus building has been at the heart of the community since 1976 and currently serves over 2,400 students from the Langley and Slough area. After over 35 years, the plan to upgrade the campus has received very positive feedback from students, staff, neighbours and local businesses.

Sports student, Nahum Effik, said: "The new sports facilities look really good and are really needed. The plans will mean much better facilities for us to learn in and train."

The improvement project for the Langley Campus will cost approximately £16m and is being funded mainly by the College, and part funded by a Government grant. Construction work is due to commence this August for completion in Autumn 2013.

Over the years, the College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and enhancing its range of courses. Today, the Langley Campus is the centre for most of the College's main vocational courses, which all have specialist facilities. These include Motor Vehicle & Engineering, Construction, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy and Health Care & Education Pathways along with Creative Studies and ESOL & Languages.

The refurbishment of the Langley Campus follows the recent expansion of the College's Windsor Campus, which saw the addition of new science laboratories and improved student social facilities.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including hospitality and catering, call 0845 373 2500.

Published in Hospitality & Catering
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:05

A college for the 21st century

Proposed view_from_Station_Road_webEast Berkshire College's Langley Campus building has been at the heart of the community since 1976 and currently serves over 2,400 students from the Langley and Slough area.

As part of our commitment to continually raising standards, we are now looking to modernise the campus in order to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities to meet the community's current and future learning needs. To achieve this, we plan to refurbish the existing building to improve facilities for our students and provide greater amenities for the local community.

The proposed improvements would encompass some internal remodelling and extension to the existing main building to provide more social spaces and study areas for students, an enhancement to the main reception area and improved landscaping to the front of the building. The current amount of parking spaces on the Campus would be maintained throughout the process and thereafter.

A brand new sports centre

At the rear of the existing College building, we plan to develop a multi-purpose sports centre with an outdoor games area, which would accommodate a sports hall, a gym, dance studio and changing rooms. This facility would not only meet the needs of our successful Sports Academy, but also provide students, staff and the local community with use of new sports amenities.

New courses in hospitality and catering

As part of the plans, our current sports hall would be transformed into an exciting new hospitality and catering department to meet the training needs of local employers in this thriving industry. Helping to meet the predicted growth of jobs in this sector by 2013, the facility will accommodate training kitchens, a restaurant and conference suite. This would enable the College to deliver, for the first time, full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships, in hospitality and catering.

We believe these improvements will help the College better serve the community for years to come. If you have any questions or would like further information about the plans, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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