Catering students at Banbury and Bicester College are being given real-life experience of working in a professional kitchen in a joint venture with Bloxham Mill Business Centre.
Students studying for the Professional Chef’s Diploma are working in the café, canteen and restaurant and serve both resident businesses and members of the public Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3.45pm.
Rose Turner, principal of Banbury and Bicester College, said: “I’m delighted Bloxham Mill is working with us to change the shape of education in our area.
“Giving students opportunities to develop their skills in real-life business environments in parallel with their studies is invaluable.”
The students will provide refreshments for business meetings and special group lunches at Bloxham Mill, with former student and qualified chef Jordan Blencowe leading a rotational team and providing a daily review of menus, visitors numbers and client feedback. So far the students have provided lunch for two local networking groups of about 50 people.
Ray Avery, Bloxham Mill’s managing director, said: “We are now a few weeks into our new service and Jordan and his team have really hit the ground running. We’re really proud of this joint venture and hope to identify other areas where we can help more students enhance their further employment prospects.”