Westminster Kingsway College’s work with Hospitality industry is recognised at Springboard Awards
08 November 2011
The School of Hospitality at Westminster Kingsway College has been recognised at the Springboard UK Awards for Excellence for its work with employers in the Hospitality Industry.
The Best Chef Strategy accolade is always one of the most hotly contested areas and this year it was awarded to the team from Hilton Worldwide who walked away with the top honours for their advanced learning programmes and study trips, many of which are provided by the College. Westminster Kingsway College works closely with Hilton Worldwide to provide an Apprenticeship programme that is suited to their business requirements. The Hilton Chef Apprenticeship combines practical and theoretical study at the College’s Victoria Centre with on-the-job training at 15 participating Hilton hotels. Highlights of the programme include Executive Chef Masterclasses, an insight into the workings of Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows, personal mentoring and the chance to compete for the Hilton Chef Apprentice of the Year award.
Westminster Kingsway College was also recognised as a partner in the Hilton in the Community Foundation’s winning entry for the Best Regional Initiative award. Judges at the Springboard UK awards commented that the collaboration between the charities (Hilton in the Community Foundation and the Springboard charity) along with Westminster Kingsway College and top restaurant, Galvin at Windows paved the way to helping the local community and providing opportunities for young people. The Galvin’s Chance project provides disadvantaged young people in deprived areas of London with the opportunity to access training, development, work experience and a route to an apprenticeship in Hospitality with outstanding results.
Louise Jordan, Head of Workforce Development in Hospitality at Westminster Kingsway College said: “Westminster Kingsway College is working with a number of employers in the Hospitality Industry to provide training programmes and Apprenticeships to meet their development needs and to provide opportunities for young people. We are delighted that the Springboard UK Awards have recognised Hilton Worldwide’s training and development which is supported by Westminster Kingsway College and the work that the College has been doing with the Galvin’s Chance project which benefits young people from all over London.”
The work that Westminster Kingsway College is doing with the Royal Automobile Club to provide Adult Apprenticeships was also recognised with a shortlisting for the Diversity in Employment Award.
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