Crème of the Cotswolds teams up with local college to launch Star Academy for budding young hoteliers

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Some of the biggest boutique hotel names in the Cotswolds have joined together to create a new training scheme to for passionate youngsters aiming for a career in hospitality.

The Calcot Collection, Farncombe Estate, Ellenborough Park and The Lucky Onion Group have all teamed up with Gloucestershire College to create the Cotswolds Star Academy, a 12-month training programme for hospitality supervisors and chefs de partie.

The Cotswold Star Academy training programme has been specially developed by the partners and Gloucestershire College, and is being supported by The Savoy Educational Trust and Creed Catering.

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The programme, which launches on June 26, will enable each ‘star’ to kick-start a well-paid managerial career, as they gain qualifications, experience and skills whilst working at each venue and earning a decent wage.

It will include an element of off-the-job training that will be undertaken through online learning, work shadowing and masterclasses and seminars at each venue, as well as with The Chefs’ Forum.

Jo O’Connell, head of hospitality at Gloucestershire College, commented: “This industry is also plays a very important part in the economy of Gloucestershire and the evidence suggests that employment in the hospitality industry locally will continue to rise. This is a very important initiative and the College will be playing its part to increase the visibility of careers in the hospitality industry and support the Cotswold Star Academy.”

Pat Sparkes, head of human resources for The Calcot Collection, said: “The Calcot Collection wholeheartedly applauds Gloucestershire College’s formation of the Cotswold Star Academy and we are really excited to be involved. Whether gaining an insight into the operations at Calcot, Barnsley House and its Village Pub or The Painswick, students will be guided by a collection of boutique hotels at the forefront of the UK hotel scene. We will be on the look-out for personalities and attributes suited to our industry which has people at its heart.”

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