Our commitment to delivering a high quality training programme to the next generation of chefs has been rewarded at Nelson and Colne College’s first Industry and Employer Awards.

We have established a one of a kind training initiative with Nelson and Colne College’s award-winning catering team which aims to make students truly work ready and addresses an industry-wide chef shortage.

Already, 28 students have secured full-time employment with us after completing this education programme where, alongside their studies at college, they spend 12 weeks in a Seafood Pub Company site helping them to decide which type of chef they want to be.

The programme is spearheaded by executive chef Antony Shirley and head of kitchen operations Mark Taft, who collected the Employer Partnership Award at the prestigious awards ceremony.

He was joined at the event by representatives of other businesses, charities and local organisations together with College representatives and governors to celebrate the importance of partnership work, and the positive impact it has on companies and student’s lives.

Mark said: “Our partnership with Nelson and Colne College’s catering department is unique in the hospitality industry; students benefit from a first-class education at college, alongside a valuable insight into what it is really like to work in the busy and high pressure environment of a restaurant. It helps them to make important career decisions whilst building their confidence, skills and experience.

“As the Seafood Pub Company expands across the border into Yorkshire, we hope to replicate the success of this training partnership with other colleges so that more students can benefit.”

Vice principal of Nelson and Colne College, Alison Rushton added: “The Industry and Employer Awards night was a fabulous celebration of our partnerships and was the perfect way for the college to say thank you to individuals, businesses and organisations that we have worked closely with in recent years.

“All of our winners are shining examples of having a dedication to education, either through taking on apprentices, volunteers, or work experience candidates.”

Vice Principal of NCC Alison Rushton and Director of Apprenticeships and Training Barbara Livesey read out inspiring stories of all the award winners and presented the prizes. Alison said: “During the night, we heard some truly enlightening stories that highlighted the breadth and depth of the partnerships we have established – we look forward to continuing this work over the coming years. Congratulations to all of our winners.”