Pilot scheme gives students ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

Pilot scheme gives students ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

Hospitality and travel students at Tameside College begin work placement at prestigious London restaurant, Galvin at Windows.

Five students will be working in a variety of roles in the restaurant; serving customers and helping to produce meals, whilst being mentored by the restaurant’s general manager, Peter Avis.

Galvin at Windows is situated in the exclusive Hilton Park Lane Hotel and offers fine dining to guests, with views across Hyde Park.

The pilot project has been developed by John Holden, hospitality and catering teacher at the college, to help bridge the industry’s skills gap and provide students with real world skills. The students will be provided with meals and accommodation at the Hilton during their stay, giving them the opportunity to experience living and working independently.

John, said: “The opportunity for the students to do this is once in a lifetime. It will offer them something they would not be able to see or experience in the classroom or at college. I would like to thank Peter Avis, the general manager, and Antonino Forte, the restaurant manager, for this amazing offer and for their support in making it happen. I wish the students the best of luck during their placement.”

Daniel Gavin, food and beverage student at Tameside College and former Werneth School pupil, said: “I am elated to get the chance to improve my craft in London, in one of the top restaurants. It will be great to work with some of the best service staff and management in the industry to develop new skills and knowledge. It’s definitely something I can put on my CV for the future.”

To find out more about hospitality and catering courses at Tameside College, visit the college website.

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