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Gloucestershire College teams up with Chelsea Bar & Brasserie

11 February 2015

Today marks the anticipated launch of Gloucestershire College’s vocational training collaboration with Chelsea Bar & Brasserie in Cheltenham.

The newly formed partnership is the first of its kind for both the College and the Brasserie Group, and reinforces the Catering School’s commitment to ensuring its students leave Gloucestershire College fully prepared for the world of work. 

The popular town centre eatery will have six students training and working at any one time, exposing them to a real working environment and the successes and challenges catering and hospitality professionals celebrate and overcome on a daily basis.

It’s no secret that Gloucestershire is punching above in terms of its produce, chefs and restaurants, and this exciting collaboration will equip students with the skills they need to succeed in this thriving industry.

Chelsea Bar & Brasserie is a sophisticated and contemporary cocktail bar and restaurant situated on St George’s Place, which serves a menu of modern British cuisine infused with European influences and techniques.

Gareth Crwys-Williams, Head of School for Catering and Hospitality, said: “As the leading Chef Training School in the county, we’re thrilled to be joining forces with Chelsea Bar & Brasserie on this unique venture.

“The collaboration will enable our students to hone their cooking and service skills in a commercial environment, whilst showcasing their talents to the public and other local employers. Working with and supporting local businesses is something we value highly at Gloucestershire College and it’s great to be teaming up with the Brasserie Group, which has changed the face of Cheltenham’s restaurant and bar scene, with an ever-growing portfolio of popular venues.”

Chelsea Bar & Brasserie will host the exclusive VIP launch event on Wednesday 11 February to celebrate the vocational training collaboration. The launch will give guests a chance to find out more about apprenticeships and bespoke training options at Gloucestershire College, meet some of its current catering students and network with industry colleagues.

CEO of the Brasserie Group, Abdul Mannan, said: “This joint venture with Gloucestershire College is very exciting for myself and the staff at Chelsea Bar & Brasserie. We are all looking forward to working together and delivering our expertise to the students.

“This partnership will benefit students by giving them the skills required to work in industry and mould them to be confident for their future careers. We look forward to welcoming guests to the launch tonight!”

For more information about Gloucestershire College’s Catering and Hospitality School, visit and be sure to watch GC The Movie for a flavour of the department and to hear what our students have to say.

Click here to view photos from the launch party.

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