Our new, £1.3 million purpose-built catering and hospitality site in St Michaels Road, Sittingbourne, was officially opened on Saturday 17th October by MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace.
The unit has been designed by Kent Design Studio, with the catering and hospitality section hosting up to 16 students who will learn all about the trade, as well as hair and beauty facilities.
Mr Wallace, who lives in Whitstable, has been closely involved with the plans for the catering aspect of the skills centre and is a sponsor of our newly opened café facility.
“What I want to see is the youngsters embracing the industry, getting the most from it and for me to be eating in their restaurants in the years to come.”
Under the expert guidance of Head Chef Oliver Ross, our students created a mouth-watering banquet for guests in the state-of the-art industrial standard stainless steel kitchen.
“The future is very exciting and I hope to give the people of Sittingbourne an outlet that can serve breakfast and lunches of high quality,” says Mr Ross.
Principal of the Swale Skills Centre, Mr Laker said: “There is definitely a skills shortage in Sittingbourne and Sheppey, the kind of courses we’re running will not only help the students learn but set them up for life.”
The centre is designed to develop the workforce of tomorrow with our skilled young people benefitting the local business community, particularly with the regeneration project The Spirit of Sittingbourne:
“They’re going to put in cafes, restaurants and hair salons, so we wanted to make sure we train and provide the young people that will go into those facilities.”
“Gregg has already asked if we could put our top students into some of his friends to London restaurants,” he said.