A new hotel and restaurant school at Bath College has been launched, in a bid to address a skills shortage in the city and has already got firm backing from a number of top hotels.
The Bath Hotel and Restaurant School will aim to help employers recruit the right staff and will focus on training students early on in their careers.
At the launch event held yesterday, 16 businesses have already signed up to be part of the new venture, including Gainsborough Bath Spa.
The luxury hotel, part of the Malaysian-based company YTL, has pledged to offer regular work placements and masterclasses through the new hotel school, and a representative said it was part of the company’s ethos to nurture local talent.
Other employers who have signed up to support the new school and offer a variety of work placements include Demuth’s Cookery School, Homewood Park, The Pump Room Restaurant and the Royal Crescent Hotel.
Level 3 students will also work at The Priory, the MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel, the Bath Pub Company, Abbey Hotel and the Hilton Hotel.
They will be offered experience at Woods Restaurant, Apex Hotels, The Pig near Bath, Lucknam Park, the Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe and the Methuen Arms, in Corsham.
Speaking to the Bath Echo, Sarah Holden, hotel director at The Pig near Bath, said: “We’re excited about the launch of the hotel and restaurant school – it’s a real opportunity for us to showcase the hotel and demonstrate the huge opportunities there are within the group.
“It’s a privilege to be involved and what makes this different is that all the businesses have had a voice in how this has been set up.
“I am sure it will help with recruitment- it’s no secret that industry wide this is a huge challenge, especially in the kitchen.