Elior UK has partnered with West College Scotland to give students on the WCS & Elior Culinary Development course the chance to learn firsthand from award-winning chef Jav Aziz at Rangers Football Club.

The 14-week course will see a select group of students working three days a week in Ibrox stadium’s hospitality and function kitchens, as well as attending classes at West College Scotland’s Paisley campus.

Carl Morris, director of marketing & corporate communications at Elior, said: “Developing young talent is crucial for the future of our industry – something Elior is extremely passionate about. By partnering with West College Scotland we can provide students with the opportunity to put theory into practice and develop their skills and confidence in a professional environment.”

Carol Gaffney, curriculum and quality leader at West College Scotland, said: “This course will be a springboard for students who have ambitions to secure a job as a commis chef or a modern apprentice. We’re very excited about how our new partnership with Elior will further enrich the course for our students and equip them for future success.”

After successfully completing the course, students will have earned an SVQ Level 1 in Food Preparation and Cooking – meaning they’re able to apply for commis chef roles, a modern apprenticeship, or further culinary study.

About West College Scotland: A Further and Higher Education College with campuses and learning centres based in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley, it is a new college with a long history created on 1 August 2013 by the merger of Clydebank College, Reid Kerr College in Paisley and James Watt College in Greenock, the College has 30,000 students and 1,200 staff, making it one of the biggest educational institutions in the country.

The college plays a key role in supporting its local communities, providing courses to more than 3,000 senior-phase school pupils in College, in school and online.

It also provides training for a huge range of business partners, from small- and medium-sized local companies to some of the biggest companies in the world and is an enterprising college, with partners from across the globe, including China, Vietnam, Finland and Brazil.

The college offers a huge range of courses – full-time, part-time, evening and distance learning -- all designed to help the students get a job, keep a job or get a better job and to help businesses with their training needs.

About Elior: Operating high profile catering contracts across the B&I, health & care home, defence, education, stadia and heritage sectors, it provides customers with a bespoke offer that focuses on great food, drink and customer service and couples it with the benefits that a large company brings. Elior UK is part of Elior Group which operates worldwide with annual revenues of €5,674 million.

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