Hospitality

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Hospitality, Barista and Food Services

In 2020, New Directions College was awarded a Skills Capital grant from the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, to create a state of the art training kitchen for the Hospitality, Barista and Food Services industry. Despite the pandemic, we were able to continue with the build and works were completed in September 2020.

In March 2022, together with Ways into Work, New Directions College were successful in being awarded £130,000 in capital funding under the Getting Building Fund from the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.   As a result of this funding we are now offering a range of skills development programmes,  that are designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and behaviours of adults with special educational needs and disabilities and begin to prepare them for moving on to employment. 

 

NEW Introduction to Hospitality – Customer Service and Food Hygiene Course

This is an intensive one-week course, which will cover customer service and food hygiene in the hospitality sector, with the opportunity of work experience at the Whitley Community Café.

The course will take place every day, from 9:30 to 13:30 at New Directions College.

Starting: Monday 11th July and ending Friday 15th July 2022

To book a place on this course contact Laura Jordan on 07815 642 764 or email laura.jordan@reading.gov.uk 

 

 

NEW Hospitality – Supported Learning

The primary purpose of these ten-week qualifications is to enable learners to operate independently and effectively in life, learning and work. They are not designed to lead to a specific job role but to support personal progress and possibly help learners to enter employment. All sessions will take place in our state of the art kitchen at New Directions College South. Parking is available.

Starting:

  • Monday 19th September 2022 at 10:00 – 13:00
  • Monday 16th January 2023 at 10:00 – 13:00
  • Monday 24th April 2023 at 10:00 – 13:00

Course fee: FREE

For more information please visit Skills for Support and Employment

 

Cookery – Supported Learning (day)

This ten-week course is specifically designed for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. All sessions will take place in our state of the art professional kitchen at New Directions  College South, and you will develop basic cookery skills to enable you to be independent and make nutritious everyday meals.  All ingredients and equipment will be provided. Parking available.

Starting:

  • Tuesday 20th September 2022 at 13:00 – 15:00
  • Thursday 22nd September 2022 at 13:00 – 15:00
  • Tuesday 10th January 2023 at 13:00 – 15:00
  • Thursday 12th January 2023 at 13:00 – 15:00
  • Tuesday 25th April 2023 at 13:00 – 15:00
  • Thursday 27th April 2023 at 13:00 – 15:00

Course fee: £160

 

NEW Cooking Around the World

During this five-week course will enable you to cook and learn about different cuisines from around the world. You will cook Thai, Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and the dishes from the Caribbean. All sessions will take place in our state of the art professional kitchen at New Directions College South. Parking is available.

Starting: Tuesday 25th April 2023 at 19:00 – 21:00

Course fee: £85

 

NEW Feel Good Cookery (evening)

During this ten-week course you will learn how to prepare simple and flavoursome recipes, packed full of fresh ingredients and flavour. These are easy healthy meals, which will leave everyone at your table satisfied!

This course is suitable for everyone, in particular people who are new to cooking or those looking for easier and cheaper meals, or new recipes ideas. All sessions will take place in our state of the art professional kitchen at New Directions College South. Parking is available.

Starting: Tuesday 20th September 2022 at 19:00 – 21:00

Course fee: £160

 

Healthy Meals on a Budget

During this five-week course you will learn how to prepare simple and flavoursome recipes, packed full of fresh ingredients and flavour. These are easy healthy meals, which will leave everyone at your table satisfied!  This course is suitable for everyone, in particular people who are new to cooking or those looking for easier and cheaper meals, or new recipes ideas. All sessions will take place in our state of the art professional kitchen at New Directions College South and all ingredients and equipment will be provided. Parking available.

Starting:

  • Tuesday 20th September 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00
  • Tuesday 10th January 2023 at 10:00 – 12:00
  • Tuesday 25th April 2023 at 10:00 – 12:00

Course fee: FREE

 

The Secrets of Indian Cookery

During this five-week course you will learn about different herbs and spices used in Indian cookery to make authentic dishes. All sessions will take place in our new state of the art professional kitchen at New Directions College South. Parking is available.

Starting: Tuesday 14th February 2023 at 19:00 – 21:00

Course fee: £85

 

NEW Vegan Cookery

During this five-week course you will learn how to prepare simple and flavoursome vegan recipes, packed full of fresh ingredients and flavour.  These are easy healthy meals which will leave everyone at your table satisfied! All sessions will take place in our state of the art professional kitchen at New Direction College South. Parking is available.

Starting: Tuesday 10th January 2023 at 19:00 – 21:00

Course fee: £85

 

Skills for Employment in the Hospitality Industry

Starting: to be confirmed.

Course fee: This course could be free depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us.