The British hospitality industry, incorporating restaurants and
food service management, employs 10% of the national workforce with
100,000 new jobs forecast by 2020.
This September Northumberland College became one of the first to
introduce Level 2 Technical Qualifications and Level 3 will follow
Andy Brown, Head of the Northumberland College Hospitality and
Catering Academy said: "Academic study programmes are already well
established and following the Sainsbury review that put forward
recommendations to UK government, a new framework of technical
pathways is being introduced in the UK to provide an equally
rigorous Level 3 technical study programme. For us the new
qualification will further improve links with employers in the
In April the College were overall winners in the North East
Culinary and Trade Association (NECTA) competition where students
secured five gold, four silver and 12 bronze
Andy said: "Having a strong and varied industry based enrichment
programme is central to how students learning is developed. Giving
them the opportunity to see and be involved in as many varied
opportunities as possible. And that's where learning about produce
and guest chefs comes
Guests chefs to The Gallery have included former student and now
established Chef, Jonathon McManus from Alnwick Castle, Martin
Charlton from The Boat House, Blyth and Head Chef David Kennedy
from Pleased to Meet You,
David Kennedy said: "It is great to get involved with what Andy and
his team are trying to achieve at Northumberland College. It is
vital students on Hospitality courses are educated in a rounded way
which gives exposure to all elements of the industry. These young
people are the future of our industry and it's crucial we support
their development in any way we can."
For the past six months, hospitality students have been
collaborating with the College's horticulture department based at
its Kirkley Hall campus, which incorporates a farm, Victorian
walled gardens and greenhouses.
This means fresh, local seasonal produce is being used in a range
of the restaurant's dishes. The latest harvest included apples, to
be made into chutney and sold in the College's food outlets,
pumpkins and squashes for use in soup and tomatoes, baby
aubergines, runner beans and leeks.
Andy Brown explains: "We want students to be proud of where they
come from and have a full understanding of the products that are
produced in Northumberland as well as be aware of current trends in
the hospitality industry."
"Facilities at the college's Kirkley Hall campus give us a unique
opportunity to teach our students about food origins. Working in
collaboration with the farm and horticulture department we can
offer this farm to fork ethos, no other catering students in the
region have that opportunity."
UK's booming leisure sector sees career opportunities for those
within hospitality include commis chef, head chef, waiting staff
and restaurant manager.
To apply and find out more about Hospitality and Catering courses
at Northumberland College please visit
e Gallery restaurant offers evening sittings twice a week, as well
as a full lunch menu on weekdays, afternoon tea, a children's menu
and from 29 November until 21 December, the restaurant will be
serving Christmas lunches and evening dinners. Restaurant enquires
and bookings can be made by emailing