As a Hospitality and Food Pathway student we will teach you industry standard vocational skills. These skills will enable you to find employment in hospitality and food establishments.
You will learn core skills in housekeeping, bakery, customer service and basic catering before progressing to work placements.
Students on the Hospitality and Food Pathway learn skills to:
- Plan and prepare food.
- Understand the importance of Food Hygiene.
- Store food and equipment safely.
- Provide customer service.
- Prepare and check rooms for guests.
- Understand health and safety at work.
- Identify healthy food types.
On the Hospitality and Food pathway you will learn core skills in varied environments. You will work within our training hub, training kitchen and housekeeping hub.
Following your initial training you will move on to internal work experience areas. Derwen College has:
- Food Production Centre: Here you have the opportunity to prepare sweet and savoury food during your catering and bakery work experience sessions. Items made in our Food Production Centre are sold in our Garden Centre and Gift Shop, Walled Garden Café and at local markets.
- Student Union: Serving peers and staff drinks and light refreshments at break and lunch times.
- Hotel 751: Our training hotel offers opportunities to prepare rooms for guests, and work on reception.
- Orangery Restaurant: Students are currently running a takeaway service for staff and students. The restaurant will reopen to customers in September.
- Walled Garden Cafe: Here you will have the opportunity to work in the kitchen and serve customers in the cafe.
Each area offers real-life work experience opportunities providing services to the public. Your confidence and independence skills will develop and you will learn a range of fundamental employability skills.
As well as learning vocational skills, we will give you the opportunity to develop skills and gain confidence in other areas:
- Social situations – you will meet lots of different people on your learning journey. From peers and staff to customers and other members of public. Social situations will be part of your daily routine.
- Independence – as you learn new skills you will become more confident working independently. The level of independence will be different for everyone.
- Reading – you may be reading resources, product instructions, food labels or recipes. Reading – at your level – will be embedded throughout your work.
- Writing – your written work may be through the use of Makaton symbols, emails, or hand written diaries.
- Numeracy – you may be weighing ingredients, counting cakes, handling till payments or measuring temperatures. Numeracy will be embedded into sessions in a way that is unique to you.
We will teach you relevant skills, appropriate to your individual learning needs, to gain vocational hospitality and food qualifications:
Exploring Catering – Entry Level 1.
Exploring Occupations – Entry Level 1.
Safe, Hygienic and Secure Working Environments in Hospitality Level 1.
Introduction into the Hospitality Industry – Entry 3.
Skills for Working Life – Entry 2 / Entry 3
Food Preparation and Cooking – Level 1.
Food and Beverage Service – Level 1.
Certificate in Food Hygiene Awareness, Level 1.
Hospitality and Food work placementsAs you progress through your course, you will have the opportunity to undertake internal work placements. Work placements give you the opportunity to do vocational jobs in a familiar environment before moving on to an external placement.
The Hospitality and Food Pathway team work closely with local and national hospitality businesses. External work placements are on offer where you will experience real working environments, often working different shifts.
These placements will boost your confidence in work and social situations. We currently work with:
- Premier Inn at Oswestry, Wrexham, Shrewsbury and Chester – Housekeeping.
- Moreton Hall School, Weston Rhyn.
- Station Cafe, Gobowen.
- McDonalds, Chirk.
- Local Farmers Markets.
- Royal Oak, Treflach.
- Lepones Restaurant, Oswestry.
Other opportunities on the Hospitality and Food pathway
On the Hospitality and Food pathway you have the opportunity to take part in different functions and events. You may also take part in local and national competitions.
In recent years students have represented Derwen College at regional and national competitions. Former students have taken part in the Welsh International Culinary Championship, and have won Gold and Silver awards at the Inclusive Skills Competitions.
Our staff are industry trained. Because of this, the skills you learn from them are at industry standards. Similarly staff and students regularly visit other restaurants and trade fairs to ensure standards are kept up to date.
How to Apply
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