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Catering students are taught in the kitchens at The Engine Shed


Derby College catering and hospitality courses have all the right ingredients to help you fulfil your ambitions, whether you dream of becoming the next TV chef, opening the ultimate bar or working in the jet-setting hotel trade.


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There are around two million people employed in catering and hospitality across the UK.


In Derbyshire alone, 5.9 per cent of people in jobs actually work in a hotel or restaurant - and the sector keeps on growing, thanks partly to the popularity of our county as a tourist destination.


Catering and Hospitality is a young, buzzing and dynamic industry. Almost a third of the sector's employees in the UK are under 25-years-old.


Catering and Hospitality careers

Hospitality student in The Engine Shed


If you are friendly and polite, calm under pressure, like meeting new people and are committed to providing a good service, you could well be suited to a career in this sector.


A career in catering and hospitality may not involve becoming a professional chef or hotel receptionist - there are a wide range of career choices covering everything from events management to teaching food technology, from opening a gastro-pub to running a youth hostel.


Catering and hospitality is an industry that rewards hard work and ambition. With some qualifications under your belt, you can prove you have what it takes to progress quickly in your career.


Catering and Hospitality courses


With so many routes for you to follow, a Derby College course can help you select the best options to reflect your skills and interests.


It makes sense to gain a broad range of skills to keep pace with latest developments in the sector. Employers have reported a growing demand for staff with customer service skills and knowledge of food hygiene.


There is also a shortage of well-qualified and experienced chefs and managers in the industry.


The variety of Derby College courses in catering and hospitality will help you build up a portfolio of qualifications at different levels and in different specialist areas.


Courses range from Level 1 to Level 3, with options in professional cookery, professional service and hospitality available.


We also have a range of catering and hospitality apprenticeships. These enable you to earn while you're learning and gain recognised qualifications as you work. Some of the top chefs started out as apprentices, including Jamie Oliver.


Catering and hospitality at Derby College


At Derby College, you'll be trained in our state-of-the-art facilities at the award-winning Roundhouse campus – the perfect setting for aspiring culinary artists and would-be hospitality experts.


Our Hospitality and Culinary Arts Academy features a purpose-built £2.5m suite which incorporates three high-tech glass-fronted kitchens and the 80-seat Engine Shed restaurant and bar.


These facilities re-create contemporary industry working conditions to give you the best possible start in your career. Our catering students gain invaluable work experience through the opportunity to cook for and serve paying customers at the restaurant.


You will also benefit from the expertise of our well-respected, industry-experienced staff, together with guest lecturers from local hotels and restaurants.



Did you know?


Our atmospheric Engine Shed restaurant is the ideal place for you to learn top culinary and customer service skills. Its high standards of cuisine, innovative presentation, impeccable service and global outlook on gastronomy have made it a popular haunt for lovers of fine dining.


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