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East Berkshire College is delighted to announce that the prestigious Stoke Park Hotel, Spa and Country Club in Buckinghamshire and its award-winning Executive Chef Chris Wheeler will be a patron of the successful Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College.

Celebrated chef Chris Wheeler and the team at the five AA red star hotel will be working with the College to help develop new talent for the industry. The partnership will mean budding chefs, hotel managers and those aspiring to a career in front of house service will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business, through a series of masterclasses, work experience opportunities and enrichment activities.

To mark the beginning of this exciting new partnership, level two and three catering students from Langley College visited the hotel recently for a behind-the-scenes tour and the chance to quiz the resident chefs and front of house team on their roles and experiences.

Chris Wheeler, who has been Executive Chef of the hotel’s Humphry’s fine dining restaurant for 14 years and was recently crowned Hotel Chef of the Year (over 250 covers) at the prestigious Hotel Cateys 2016, is keen to inspire young people to pursue a career in the industry.

“We are absolutely delighted to become a Patron of East Berkshire College and their amazing Hospitality & Catering Academy. To be able to support the students, to offer apprenticeships and to encourage them to work in our industry is fundamental and something which is very important to us,” commented Chris Wheeler.

College Principal, Kate Webb, explains: ““We are passionate about providing our students with an enhanced learning experience through our links with leading industry figures. We are, therefore, absolutely delighted to have Chris Wheeler and the team at Stoke Park as a patron of our training academy. By working together, we will be able to give young people, who are just starting out in their careers, the chance to learn from talented individuals at the top of their profession.”

The College’s Hospitality & Catering Academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide an enhanced learning experience for students. Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin star Hand & Flowers restaurant in Marlow is also a patron of the academy, representing the restaurant sector, along with Caroline Fry, Chief Executive of leading corporate and commercial catering company CH&Co, who represents the contract catering sector.

From professional cookery (levels one to three) and food hygiene to front of house service, the academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships and a new foundation degree in tourism and hospitality management.

For more information on the Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College, please click here or call 01753 793000.

Published in Hospitality & Catering
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 15:30

Learn something new for 2017

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For all our good intentions, the majority of us will not keep our New Year resolutions. So instead of making the same old resolutions, why not try learning a new skill or language, improving your career prospects or taking up a hobby this January.

Whether you want to study part-time or full-time, there’s a variety of courses on offer to suit your needs and you don’t have to wait until September to start. From computing to interior design and Italian to construction, there are an array of courses at East Berkshire College starting in early 2017.

“It’s never too late to learn something new,” says Juliet Holloway, Director of Learner Services at the College. “We have students aged from 15 to 87 years old. With our part-time courses, people can learn at a pace that suits their lifestyle or work commitments. There are courses at various levels to suit most people’s needs and a growing range of apprenticeships, from catering to engineering.

“This year, we have a new Skills Pathway course for 16-23 year olds, which provides a first step towards a career and the chance to try a range of practical subjects, from motor vehicle to hairdressing. We also have a range of professional qualifications and language courses as well as English, maths and IT classes. Some people may even be eligible for free course fees or a government loan.”

With everyone expected to work longer before retirement, keeping your skills up-to-date or training for a career you enjoy, is a wise move.

Farooq Ahmed found going back to college gave him a new career path and renewed confidence: “I was concerned about returning to education after 10 years, but the teachers were fantastic. They were so supportive from the word go and you could email them any time if you had a question.”

Meanwhile, for those interested in taking their skills to a higher level, the College now offers a growing range of Higher Education courses, including a new Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. These courses provide a more convenient and affordable alternative to university.

Lauren Elliot, who recently completed an HND course at Windsor College, believes studying for a higher level course at college offers a greater degree of flexibility. Lauren explains: “I wanted to take my studies further, but university wasn’t for me. An HND at college is a great alternative. You get more one-to-one time and the lecturers are amazing. Because the course is flexible, I was even able to work while I studied.”

For more details on over 800 courses and apprenticeships at East Berkshire College, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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Students on the Evolve programme (formerly Personal Options) at Windsor College have helped provide an extra special gift for homeless people in the Windsor area this winter.

In the spirit of the season, the students and staff held a Charity Winter Fair at the College in St Leonards Road on Wednesday (7th December). Raising £280 for local charity The Windsor Homeless Project, which provides food, friendship and support for homeless people, the fair included a variety of stalls, games and a raffle as well as selling delicious cakes kindly donated by The Handmade Cake Company.

Lecturer Liz Wheeler, explains: “Every year the students on our Evolve programme, who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, organise events to raise money for charity as part of their course. As well as supporting a worthy cause, the events also help the students to develop their literacy, numeracy and communication skills.”

Windsor College’s Evolve programme (formerly known as Personal Options) is an entry-level course for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. For more information on the College's Evolve programme and foundation learning courses, please click here or call 01753 793000.

The Windsor Homeless Project is a registered charity that provides a lifeline for homeless people in and around Windsor, offering food, washing facilities, friendship and support with health, housing and employment. For more information on the charity, visit

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