A NEW development at Bury College will provide cutting edge facilities to catering students.

The new facility will complement the current training kitchen's capacity to offer aspiring chefs, restaurant managers and baristas the opportunity to work in a new hospitality training environment.

This new student-led facility will allow learners to develop their range of food preparation skills and provide a chance to experience a new live working environment.

The new investment is being co-funded between Savoy Educational Trust and the College.

The contemporary new facility will be situated in the College’s University Centre which houses a wide range of higher education and adult programmes.

The space will be re-modelled and will offer a modern facility for university students to benefit from.

Ella Booth, who recently completed her Level three in Advanced Professional Cookery, said: “I really enjoyed my Catering course at Bury College, the tutors were so supportive and it helped me to secure a job working in Hospitality.

"The new facility sounds really good and I am looking forward to using new equipment which will prepare me for work within the industry and will help to improve my confidence.”

Jacqui Taylor, curriculum director at the college, said: “The Bury College Catering department has seen exceptional growth over recent years with the introduction of several new courses including the Higher National Certificate in Hospitality Management and Apprenticeship Standard in Level 2 Production Chef.

"This new facility responds to our growing area and we are delighted that this new space will benefit our university and adult learners and provide them with a unique experience.”

Margaret Georgiou, secretary to the trustees, said, “The Trustees of the Savoy Educational Trust are always keen to offer funding to colleges to enable them to develop their facilities, thus greatly enhancing the realistic work environment for the students, both present and future, and help raise their aspirations.

"If there is to be a successful transition from education to employment, it is vital that students can learn from and practice in modern, relevant, up-to-date facilities whilst studying hospitality at college.

"Bury College is a great example of industry and education working together to help local businesses find local talent to work locally.

"The Trustees are delighted to have supported this new facility.”