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There's still time to join the Cotswold Star Academy

24 July 2017

Some of the most innovative and established hospitality brands in the Cotswolds have teamed up with Gloucestershire College to create an exclusive opportunity for passionate young people aiming for a career as a chef or hospitality manager.

Launching this September, the Cotswold Star Academy will offer just 15 places on a 12-month training programme for Hospitality Supervisors and Chefs de Partie. Giving them the chance to work with local luxury brands: The Calcot Collection, Farncombe Estate, Ellenborough Park and The Lucky Onion Group.

The training programme has been specially developed by the partners and Gloucestershire College, and is being supported by The Savoy Educational Trust and Creed Catering; all long-standing champions of the hospitality industry who strive to promote the huge range of careers in this dynamic sector.

The programme will enable each ‘star’ to kick-start a well-paid managerial career, as they gain qualifications, experience and skills whilst working at each venue and earning a decent wage. It will include an element of off-the-job training that will be undertaken through online learning, work shadowing and masterclasses and seminars at each venue, as well as with The Chefs’ Forum.

How it works:

  • You'll start in September 2017
  • You'll be paid £6.50 an hour
  • You'll have your own learning mentor
  • You could be working at one of the following restaurants: The Tavern, No 38 The Park, The Chequers, The Wild Duck or the Wheatsheaf Inn
  • Or in one of the following boutique hotels: Foxhill Manor, The Fish Hotel or Dormy House

What you need to apply:

  • Grade C in GCSE Maths and English
  • A passion to succeed
  • A willingness to learn and work hard
  • Ability to communicate with people

Jo O’Connell, Head of Hospitality at Gloucestershire College, commented: The Cotswold Star Academy will offer two different training pathways for aspiring chefs and also those who will work as Hospitality Supervisors.

“The hospitality supervisors will be working on organising events, managing food and drink at front of house, getting involved in the managing of rooms and bookings – they’ll be involved in all the areas of running a hotel smoothly.

“Those who want to become chefs will be working as Chef de Partie - that’s a chef with his or her own area of responsibility – in some of the best kitchens in the country.”

The closing date for applications to the Cotswold Star Academy is 1st September 2017. To find out more and apply visit:

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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