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Tasty career prospects for catering students


Students from Telford College are learning the recipe for career success thanks to an interactive and wide-ranging catering course.

Phoebe-Olivia Braddock and Jake Hodnett both began with a level one programme, and have now progressed to level three.

Phoebe-Olivia, from Ketley, is a former Ercall Wood School pupil who initially visited Telford College while she was still at school, for dyslexia support classes.054A5866

“The classes made me curious to know what else the college had to offer, and the catering course really caught my eye,” she said.

“Even if you aren’t sure the catering industry is for you, it’s a great starter course for so many careers. It teaches you skills such as hygiene which can be transferred to science, customer service skills, business, and paperwork skills.

“It also teaches you how to be on your feet for a long time!”

After her level three course, Phoebe-Olivia is keen to study patisserie or nutrition at University College London, with a view to starting her own business reinventing classic desserts for a modern setting.

Also on the course is Jake Hodnett, a former Queensway South School pupil from Brookside.

054A5856“I enjoy cooking dishes I would never have attempted if I hadn’t taken this course – it really has expanded my knowledge of the industry and job prospects,” he said.

“I chose Telford College because it was easy to get to and the facilities are great. I came for two tours of the campus and I was convinced – I also came for a taster lesson where we made brownies.

“After my level three course, I am hoping to continue my job at Wagamama but on a full-time basis, and in the longer term, I’d like to start my own restaurant business.”

More information about Telford College’s professional cookery courses can be found here.