Hospitality & Catering students at Warrington Collegiate are benefitting from hands-on experience in the industry thanks to the links between the college and local company Dine Contract Catering.
All students at Warrington Collegiate are given the opportunity to carry out work placements with employers across the borough. Dine Contract Catering is just one of more than 500 employers the college works with.
Dine Contract Catering’s Talent and Succession Manager, Rob Bruford, explains why work experience placements are so invaluable to the business and the development of the individuals taking part:
He said: “Placements give young people a fantastic real-life work experience and we strive to show them how exciting and rewarding a career in contract catering can be. The feedback we’ve received has been equally as rewarding for us as a business too, as young people go back to colleges more enthusiastic and motivated, which is great to see.
“Meaningful work experience can help develop a wide range of skills needed for the world of work. The jump between school and employment can be a daunting time for young people and our goal is to help and support them ahead of this transition.”
A number of students have already carried out work placements with Dine Contract Catering, based in Birchwood, including Hospitality & Catering student Jessica Foy. The aim now is to improve the partnership further, allowing Dine to potentially take on a continuous rota of students from the college each academic year.
Andy Macleod, Curriculum Manager for Hospitality and Catering at Warrington Collegiate added: “Dine Contract Catering offers a supportive work placement, which students from Warrington Collegiate benefit immensely from. Essential skills such as punctuality, teamwork and social skills, are enhanced through the programme, helping to reinforce what the college strives to teach them throughout their time with us.”