Trafford College recently received a grant of £100,000 from the Savoy Educational Trust to install a brand new multifunctional kitchen.
The Savoy Educational Trust is an independent, grant giving charitable trust, whose main aim is to advance and develop education, training and qualifications within the hospitality industry.
The Trustees award grants to a wide variety of hospitality related projects, such as educational establishments to enhance training and facilities for their hospitality departments.
The main aims of the application were to increase numbers on the college’s ever growing apprenticeship provision and successful completion of this project would enable the college to further meet the needs of employers and the local labour market by having more available classroom space.
The improvements will also create the opportunity to collaborate more with local schools and additional classroom space will make it easier to plan taster and enrichment days, which are invaluable to the college to showcase its outstanding department to future hospitality students.
Hospitality teacher Matt Shaw said: “We are passionate about collaborating with schools and believe we need to educate younger people about the hospitality sector, and the diversity of jobs that are available. It is our responsibility to sell hospitality as a career.”
As the New Year begins, students have already enrolled for two new cake decorating classes and recruitment is due to start for a Junior Chefs Academy, with other additional part time courses due to be released.
The innovative classroom boasts a full induction range which is the hottest new technology in kitchens. Furthermore, Induction cooking is another way the college can become more sustainable in the kitchen and a positive step forward in reducing its carbon footprint. It is an exciting prospect that students will get first-hand experience working in an environment equal to, or if not better than, most commercial kitchens in the North West.