Award shows that college catering is a recipe for success
Date posted: 20-07-2012
THE Catering Operations Team at South Essex College has been served up an award by Thurrock Council for their outstanding work with Apprentices in the local community.
Head of Catering Operations at the College is Ronnie Wyatt-Goodwin, a former Sous Chef at The Dorchester, said: “Our training scheme gives each of our Apprentices a massive advantage for finding future employment and a great foot in the door to their start in the industry with hands-on training. Using our outstanding facilities such as our onsite Waves restaurants, Scoff cafeterias and our offsite catering operations which include the Coach House Café at the High House Production Park and Incafé at Thurrock Council, we are able to deliver the skills our students need for industry in real industry settings.”
This rounds off a fantastic year for Catering from South Essex College as it has already received nine five star wards for hygiene, the highest you can achieve, and two gold awards for healthy eating at its Basildon and Southend Campuses and is looking at gaining a third for its Thurrock Campus.
No flash in the pan, Ronnie is looking at even greater success in the future. He added: “With a new College building set for 2014 we’ll have greater facilities, more space and most importantly, even better opportunities available for catering Apprentices helping ensure that we will be a real ‘cook’ above anything else offered locally.”
One success story is Abbie Ablitt, 20, from Orsett, who is on the first year of her Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration, after completing her Level 2 qualification. What’s more is from next year she will be supervising her very own apprentice!
Abbie said: “I never thought that I would have got this far when I first started. I’ve really grown in confidence and in my skills, I find it hard work but really rewarding at the same time.”