Skills Academies

Hospitality

Helping Londoners get jobs in restaurants, kitchens and hospitality

Hospitality is one of London’s most important industries, providing jobs for 568,000 people and contributing £17billion gross value added to the London economy. In January 2022 there were over 6,000 jobs advertised in London, offering excellent career prospects. Staff and skill shortages are present across all key sub-sectors including food and beverage, accommodation, entertainment, and tourism.

Hospitality
Hospitality

We provide free training opportunities and support packages to help you get a job in the hospitality sector. We do this by providing bespoke flexible learning programmes to fit around your circumstances and availability. Our aim is to give you the confidence and skills you need to be employable within 3 to 4 weeks, and a guaranteed job interview with an employer who is accredited with the Good Work Standard.

Job options in hospitality include:

  • Restaurant staff
  • Kitchen staff
  • Front of house staff
  • Security and door staff
  • Artisan baker 
  • Sous-chef 
  • Chocolatier 
  • Sommelier 
  • Head chef 
  • Mixologist 
  • Barista 
  • Waiter/waitress 
  • Butcher 
  • Hotel manager 
  • Catering manager 
  • Receptionist 
  • Guest relations manager 
  • Executive housekeeper 
  • Food manufacturer 

Our facilities and training

The Hospitality Academy Hub has access to 15 operational kitchens and two training restaurants at our Victoria centre.

Our award-winning Hospitality and Culinary Arts department has supported more than 2,000 students into hospitality careers in the last two years. The Hospitality Academy Hub combines this experience with a range of new initiatives to provide flexible wrap-around training and professional development, including:  

  • Workshops in specific personal and employability skills, for example resilience, customer service, communication. 
  • Insight sessions into roles within the hospitality industry
  • Introductory bite-sized units where you can get a first insight
  • Access to specialist training (for example, our Chefs and Bakers Academies)
  • Short courses
  • Multiple step-on and step-off points for greater flexibility
  • Free additional courses up to Level 3 in a wide range of areas
  • Individual support to address barriers to employment
  • Personal tutors
  • Mentoring 
  • Apprenticeships and work experience including pre-apprenticeships and pre-employment training. 
  • Industry engagement and careers support sessions with employers
  • Hospitality and jobs fairs attendance across London  
  • Work experience
  • Equipment
  • Help with job applications, writing your CV and cover letters

Learn catering and hospitality skills with some of the biggest names in the sector

The Hospitality Academy Hub training programmes are co-designed with some of the biggest names in the catering sector to give you an accessible and direct career pathway. Your learning includes work experience with our partner employers, so you get real-life experience and skills which you can put into practice immediately.

Organisations we work with include:

  • Sodexo, one of the largest catering services employers 
  • Fuller’s, a leading employer creating unique premium pub and hotel experiences, award-winning ales, craft lagers/ciders and chef-led kitchens 
  • The Ivy Group, a portfolio of 14 restaurants across London 
  • Atul Kochhar Restaurant Group, a portfolio of 7 restaurants, with additional openings announced 
  • CH&CO, a collection of specialist businesses and market leading brands in the catering and hospitality sector 
  • Lexington, a leading hospitality and catering provider with a variety of cafes and restaurants in their portfolio
  • The Craft Guild of Chefs, Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, The Worshipful Company of Cooks, Institute of Hospitality, UK Hospitality – representing a plethora of employers in the hospitality industry. We work with them to shape the skills and employment provision in line with short, medium, and long-term industry needs to maximise career opportunities, and make the hospitality sector more inclusive. 
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Hospitality
Hospitality
Hospitality
Hospitality

Student Testimonials

Alfie studied for three years on a full-time Professional Chef Diploma Course at Westminster Kingsway College. Alfie has an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) and required support within the kitchens and classrooms during his time with us. Alfie found that multi-tasking was one of the hardest aspects for him to cope with, but with in-class support to refocus him he managed to achieve a Level 3 professional cookery qualification.

During his time with us, Alfie was assigned a Learning Support Assistant to work alongside him during the course. The practical work was always completed by Alfie, but the support he received helped him to manage and organise his time to help him achieve his qualification.

At the end of the course, Alfie was recruited to the Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse restaurant in central London. He has just completed his probationary period and they are talking about promotion in the New Year. Additionally, Alfie was awarded the Special Achievement award at the Graduation of Class of 2021 for his resilience and achievement despite the challenges he faced.

“WestKing prepared me and got me ready for the industry and working in a professional environment. [They] believed in me and helped me to succeed.”

Alfie

Empowering under-represented groups and low-income households

The training and employment available through the Mayor of London Academies Programme is tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of under-represented groups and low-income households, and addresses the entrenched and structural barriers that prevent these groups from accessing sustainable Good Work opportunities. These groups include

  • People from Black and ethnic minority groups
  • Women  
  • Unemployed people
  • People earning below the London living wage  
  • Young people  
  • Lone parents and people with caring responsibilities 
  • Disabled people 
  • People aged 50+

Mayor’s Academy Programme

The Mayor of London Academies Programme supports Londoners get into careers and the capital’s long-term economic growth as part of the Mayor’s London Recovery Plan in response to the COVID pandemic.

Westminster Kingsway College, as part of Capital City College Group (CCCG), has secured funding to run this academy.

In total, CCCG has secured £1.5 million to run four academy hubs to help Londoners into Good Work and reduce the employment gap between different groups of Londoners, this includes people who are newly unemployed as well as people facing inequality and who are underrepresented in each sector:

How to apply

All our courses are part of the academies. Choose a relevant course, and the Academy will then work with you to ensure you are able to access the course.

Courses include:

See our full list of WestKing courses here. If you are unsure of which study path to take, check out our level equivalence table.

Interested in joining our Hospitality Academy Hub? Contact us by filling in the form below.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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