Apprentices from Stratford-upon-Avon College served up an exclusive afternoon tea for a selection of VIP guests – including Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi – at QHotels’ The Stratford Hotel on Friday 18 March. The hour-long event, held at the four-star venue in Stratford-upon-Avon, highlighted the achievements and exceptional standard of work produced by apprentices training in the hospitality and catering industry.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, the event was designed, prepared and served entirely by the College’s highly-trained Professional Cookery and Food & Beverage apprentices, every one of whom is currently employed at hotels, pubs and cafes throughout Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.
Nadhim Zahawi, who was recently appointed the Prime Minister’s Apprenticeship Advisor, and College Principal and CEO Nicola Mannock, chatted to the apprentices about their experiences as budding caterers and the opportunities that have opened up for them as a result of their intensive training.
Mr Zahawi could not be more supportive of the apprentices. “I was most impressed with the quality of the fare and the standard of service provided by these young apprentices today. They are a credit to themselves, their employers and Stratford-upon-Avon College. The success of this afternoon’s event validates my commitment to promoting apprenticeships – my firm belief that their combination of high-quality training and practical industry experience is the most effective means of preparing young people for a successful career.”
George Wilson, aged 20 from Stratford-upon-Avon, is employed as a Level 2 Professional Cookery Apprentice at The Stratford. George knows his training has set him up for a successful career in catering. “I’ve wanted to be a chef for a long time. Becoming a Cookery Apprentice was the best decision I’ve ever made – I’m getting so much help from both The Stratford and the College and I’ve learnt such a lot from the staff here and from my lecturers, not just about becoming a chef but how the whole catering industry works.”
Bryan Anderson, Apprenticeship Team Leader at the College said. “I’m incredibly proud of the exceptional effort all our apprentices have put in today. They’ve really made this a fantastic event. The professionalism and standard of delivery I’ve seen today is testament to their commitment to the catering industry as well as the rigour of the training provided to them by the College.”