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Student chefs go back to School to inspire school pupils

Thursday 10 January 2019

Westminster Kingsway’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts faculty have launched their new ‘Chefs Back to School’ programme, in partnership with Food Teachers Centre.

The scheme was launched on Monday 26 November, to members of the Food Teachers Centre, a UK based group for secondary school food technology teachers.

Members were invited to the Victoria Open Day to learn about the new programme.

The programme aims to have 100 student chefs visit their old secondary schools each year, to engage with the pupils, lead demonstrations and inspire prospective students by telling their story. Schools will sign up to the project and chefs will be paired with either the secondary school they attended or one in the local area to make the experience more personal.

Angie Pettengell, a member of the Food Teachers Centre and once a student at Westminster Kingsway herself, said “It’s really good to hear the personal stories and learn about the brilliant programme. We have students studying here who are doing great despite not enjoying secondary school at all.” Angie’s son Ben has since followed in his mother’s footsteps after taking part in the Young Chefs Academy, and is now a second year student at Westminster Kingsway.

We also took the opportunity to tell the Food Technology teachers about our successful Young Chefs’  Academy, Saturday School and how their students could benefit from taking part in the course. The Young Chefs’ Academy has been the starting point for many successful students and graduates. Many of the students in our Young Chefs’ Academy progress on to apply for our Professional Chef Diploma, Chef Apprenticeships or Patisserie Diplomas. Find out more here.

Louise Davies, the founder of the Food Teachers Centre, added “Food Teachers Centre teachers are looking forward to welcoming back student chefs to their old secondary schools in the Spring Term.  The chefs will be able to give a great demonstration to students doing Food GCSE exams at school and inspire them to think about their career routes. BHA 2017 report suggests that we will be short of more than a million workers by 2029, so it is important for young people to hear about the range of career opportunities open to them right now.  We will be reaching 5,000 pupils this year through the programme.”

To find out more about the Chefs Back to School scheme CLICK HERE.


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Westminster Kingsway win Visual effects tender with support from CCCT

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Capital City College Training (CCCT) has won a contract with Westminster Kingsway College, beating-off competition from universities, to deliver a new Visual Effects (VFX) Apprenticeship.

Westminster Kingsway will be delivering two Apprenticeships in partnership with the NextGen Skills Academy: Junior 2D Artist and Assistant Technical Director. Both will be starting in January 2019.

Tom Box, Managing Director of Blue Zoo Animation, (Member of the NextGen Employer Selection Panel) said, “We were very impressed with Westminster Kingsway's proposal to deliver the VFX apprenticeships, combining the experience of their current VFX courses, strong industry links and central location, they seemed a perfect fit.”

The Apprenticeships that Westminster Kingsway will be delivering have been designed to develop core skills and enable progression not only within the VFX industry but also into related sectors such as software development or digital marketing.

This partnership will give our students the opportunity to learn and work alongside professionals in high-profile VFX studios, including Framestore, DNEG, Bluezoo, Molinare, One Of Us, The Mill, Jellyfish Pictures, and Electric Theatre Collective.

The NextGen Skills Academy is a government and industry-invested company offering young people new pathways into various digital creative sectors, whilst at the same time addressing specific skills shortages that have been identified by employers in the games, animation and VFX industries.

Phil Attfield, NextGen’s VFX and Animation Partnership Director, said: “Both the Junior 2D Artist and Assistant Technical Director that will be delivered at Westminster Kingsway are Apprentice roles that lead to recognised positions within the VFX industry. An 18 year old who chooses an apprenticeship over a degree course is guaranteeing that everything they learn at college and on the job is helping them build a career. They quite literally learn while they earn and by the time they complete their apprenticeship can be two to three years ahead of a university student in their career journey.”

If you want to find out more about NextGen and the apprenticeships they offer Click Here.


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