Tuesday 08 May 2012
The delicious aromas of Asian and Oriental cooking dominated the University's communal space 'The Street' at an event designed to provide opportunities to help tackle youth unemployment.
A large number of potential students attended the event which took place on 3 May 2012 after it was announced that the University's London School of Hospitality and Tourism has been chosen to launch an Asian and Oriental Centre of Excellence which aims to change the lives of unemployed young people.
This long-term initiative, set up by People 1st and championed by the Hospitality Guild, will train unemployed people to become skilled chefs.
Potential students will take part in a six-week pre-employment programme, which will include training and work experience with an employer. This will equip them with fundamental hospitality skills such as customer service, food safety and health and safety.
The event featured many activities including taster sessions and a chance for potential students to engage with employers who are taking on apprentices.
The course at the University will also give potential students both an insight into the exciting career options and a qualification- the Level 1 award in Introduction to Employment in the Hospitality Industry. At the end of the course all potential students are guaranteed an interview with a prospective employer for either a job or a paid apprenticeship in Indian, Bangladeshi, Chinese or Thai cuisine.
The award winning London School of Hospitality and Tourism was chosen because of the high quality of teaching standards and specialist knowledge of Asian and Oriental cuisine.
Commenting on the Asian and Oriental Centre of Excellence, Professor David Foskett, Head of the University's London School of Hospitality and Tourism, said:
'I am pleased with the turnout for the event and the fact that potential students had the opportunity to hear about this exciting and innovative initiative. Our award winning School is equipped with the knowledge and expertise of Asian and Oriental cuisine and will deliver a first class educational experience.'