A group of 43 learners from Coleg y Cymoedd helped serve the crowds at this years ‘Festival of Horseracing’, Cheltenham Racecourse.
The hospitality and catering learners made an early start to travel to the Forest of Dean, which would be their base for the week. The learner’s day started at 6:00a.m., when they were transported to Prestbury Park to begin their day’s work.
The group from Aberdare, Nantgarw and Ystrad Mynach campuses are all studying on Level 1, 2 & 3 Professional Cookery courses at the college and as part of their course work in the restaurants on their campuses, which are open to the general public. At the races the learners worked in the bars, restaurants, tented village and hospitality boxes providing excellent service.
The managers and supervisors at the event, and the Jockey Club Catering Company, which employed the learners, were impressed with the dedication and hard work shown by the learners throughout the day, stating ‘their attitude to work was exceptional’.
Neil Emery, Course tutor said: “All the learners represented the college very well; working in a high pressure environment gives them an insight into the industry and certainly improves their skills and confidence. Although they had a very early start and a busy day I’m confident they enjoyed the experience. The courses offered at the college are well respected by those in the industry and on completion of the course our learners either secure employment or return to study at the next level”.
Judith Evans, Principal said “I must congratulate the learners who participated in this event; an opportunity such as this is invaluable in terms of work experience. Their excellent behaviour and mature attitude is something that they should be very proud of, they proved outstanding ambassadors for Coleg y Cymoedd. The staff must also be applauded for their involvement and support”.
Christopher Ashford (17) studying on the Level 1 Professional Cookery course at the Aberdare campus thoroughly enjoyed the experience, he stated” When we arrived at Cheltenham I was a little apprehensive but the supervisors were really nice and explained what they required of us. It was a really busy week, we started at 6:00a.m. and got back to our accommodation at 21:30p.m., we did not stop. The experience has boosted my confidence and I was surprised to win the Compass Star of the Week, along with Jessica Edwards who is studying on the Level 3 Professional Cookery course at the Nantgarw campus. I’m enjoying my course and am grateful to the college for providing work placements and opportunities such as this”.
Coleg y Cymoedd has an excellent reputation for catering and hospitality with learners trained to the highest standards by our professional team. The College has three training restaurants that are run jointly by staff and learners and open to the public to use - Llewellyns Restaurant, Aberdare Campus, Nant Restaurant, Nantgarw Campus and Scholars Restaurant, Ystrad Mynach Campus.
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