Andy Slater, Director, Faculty of Lifestyles for catering and hospitality, Activate Learning
Here in the UK we are very fortunate in that we are exposed to a multitude of cuisines and celebrated restaurants. The influences that have come from our diverse culture, particularly in the capital, have set the pace when it comes to what we eat. In many towns across the UK independent eateries, many varieties of restaurants from Vietnamese to Italian to English, as well as pop-up food stalls and Michelin starred establishments act as a focal point for the town’s economy and contribute to the cultural diversity of these towns and cities.
Here at Activate Learning we strive to keep the culinary industry thriving by training the chefs of tomorrow.  The faculty is committed to teaching students practical and valuable skills, which not only allows students to follow their passion, but also prepares them for meaningful employment by embedding experiences of work into their curriculum. It is so important that learners see the relevance and impact of the skills and knowledge they gain at college.  This gives them the confidence to take the risks required to learn, grow and innovate when out in the workplace.
In particular students within our lifestyle faculty have expanded their horizons through an excellent network of employer partnerships. For example, catering students at Bicester and Banbury College were fortunate enough to partake in the Rotary’s Young Chef Competition earlier this year where eight young people produced a three-course menu for judges.
In another example students from Reading College worked together to serve hundreds of people for the Reading Town Meal event last October. Students took delivery of masses of fruit and vegetables and prepared a two course menu. They even sold produce at the event. This particular opportunity allowed students to experience the thorough preparation that is necessary for events of this size, which hit home even more when the food was devoured in less than an hour.
It is so important that students have an overview of every aspect of the culinary process, which is why they are taken on industry visits to meet traders, sellers and chefs – so they understand where produce is sourced from and how it is chosen.  At the other end of the scale our students support many additional local events involving everything from designing menus to cooking and serving meals at the Pride of Reading and Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards.
Having access to these kinds of competitions and events accelerates learning, builds grit and exposes students to the real-world working environments, which is paramount for the UK to uphold and indeed break through the current level of catering expertise we have on offer in our towns and cities.
At the core of their learning students are able to make links to future employability. Taking part in community initiatives, including delivering demonstrations at Banbury Food Fair, supporting charity dinners and serving a meal for hundreds of people at Reading Town Meal, allows students to contribute to the local economy whilst creating ties for when they leave any of these colleges and go into the workplace.
We have partnered with employers who are also helping to map out career pathways, which develop the technical and soft skills required for entry into employment. Success of employer led partnerships can be seen through the accomplishments of one of our former students, Emily Greenough, who has gone on to work for Michelin-starred restaurants around the world including Eleven Madison Park in New York.
At Activate Learning we believe that students should be able to correlate the skills they are learning to practical opportunities on leaving education. By creating structured employer led relationships for our students through the industry partnerships that we form we create motivated, work-ready young people with the technical and soft skills required by employers.  By giving something back, students can receive a lot in return.  So, as our towns and cities continue to innovate and grow with culinary delights so we are preparing today’s students to contribute and innovate in the UK food revolution, so that we can continue to offer a diverse range of restaurants, food and catering.
Andy Slater, Director, Faculty of Lifestyles for catering and hospitality, Activate Learning

You may also be interested in these articles:

Advertisers

Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel had a status update on Twitter 1 hour 3 minutes ago

RT @EdTech_Summit: Experts including @DavidRussellETF @vikkiliogier @teresaetfound & Janet Clark from the Education and Training Foundation…
View Original Tweet

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

Events

FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page