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Real industry experience for students at The Festival 2015

24 February 2015

Almost 140 of Gloucestershire College’s Catering and Hospitality students will gain valuable work experience at The Festival 2015 in Cheltenham, in just two weeks’ time.

From Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 March, full-time students from the College’s Cheltenham and Royal Forest of Dean campuses will have the chance to work under experienced chefs and hospitality staff at The Festival and get that all-important industry experience employers are looking for.

From 7am each morning, the students will begin setting up boxes, enclosures and the tented village, and prepping food for the restaurants, which include the premier Panoramic Restaurant, popular Gold Cup Restaurant, traditional Festival Restaurant and fine dining Chez Roux, where Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jnr return for their second anticipated year.

Gloucestershire College has enjoyed a close relationship with the world-famous horseracing festival for several years now, and each year more and more students at all levels work in its bars, restaurants and enclosures; developing their skills and honing their trades in a real-working environment.

Last year, 18-year-old Chris Hetherington-Phelps, a Level 2 Catering student from Cheltenham, was not only lucky enough do work experience in Chez Roux, but came out of it with a coveted apprenticeship with Chez Roux at Greywalls in Scotland.

Gareth Crwys-Williams, Head of School for Catering and Hospitality, said: “I’m delighted that so many of our students will once again be working at The Festival this year. Our partnership provides a tremendous opportunity for them to experience what working in industry, at big events, is really like.

“Our priority at Gloucestershire College is to ensure that our students not only gain the qualifications they need for a successful career, but are also equipped with the wider employability skills and relevant experience – and working at The Festival is just one of many opportunities we can offer them here.”

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