We spoke with catering student Alistair Coldbeck recently, who has spent the last few months studying for his Level 3 qualification in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership and he’s excited to return to practical study at our new City Hub campus.
Alistair won the award for Real Working Environment- Front of House Student of the Year at an internal College event before COVID-19, back in 2019. We were recently able to invite our catering students who have been studying at home in online and virtual environments back onto campus to study.
For our catering students this is especially exciting as they are moving into an entirely new commercial kitchen and training facility in our City Hub, full of brand-new, state-of-the-art equipment. They will be learning and soon to be working in Fletchers restaurant — where uniquely our restaurant is staffed by students working towards their qualifications in Hospitality and Catering, who are trained and supervised by industry professionals.
Of returning to campus, Alistair said:
I’m glad to be back at College after lockdown and especially happy to be back at the hub for our theory lessons and for training the level 1s ready for the opening of Fletchers restaurant— Alistar Coldbeck
As well as continuing with his Level 3 studies, Alistair has also earned the role of trainee supervisor, which will see him be a part of the management training team helping prep themed evenings, takeover nights at Fletchers and the day-to-day running of a commercial restaurant.
I’m looking forward to the opening of Fletchers as it’s an opportunity to be a part of the management team as well as the chance to pass on my skills and experience to fellow trainees. A great thing about being at the City Hub is that the location is towards the centre of the city. A real positive is that being back on campus means that I can socialise properly with my classmates rather than being in an online chat.— Alistair Coldbeck