Hospitality and Travel Management students from Bradford College got a valuable insight into the industry at the world-famous Farnborough International Airshow thanks to a Leeds-based business.
Working for CGC Event Caterers, whose headquarters are in Garforth, the students staffed hospitality chalets used by renowned organisations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and GKN Aerospace.
Working as either front of house staff or commis chefs, the students helped CGC Event Caterers run a dozen hospitality chalets and serve more than 3,000 lunches a day at the prestigious show that takes place in Hampshire every two years.
Clare Dodsley, who leads the BA (Hons) degree in Hospitality and Travel Management at Bradford College, said: “CGC Event Caterers were the largest caterers on site at the air show this year. It was great for the students to get the opportunity to work for a large employer from the Yorkshire region, developing useful contacts for the future and developing soft skills required for the world of work as well as increasing their specific industry related skills.
A total of 21 students from Bradford College worked at the airshow. They were drawn from three courses, the Foundation Degree in Hospitality and Travel Management, Level 3 Travel and Tourism and Level 3 Professional Cookery.
CGC Event Caterers has been providing Bradford College students with valuable work experience for 11 years.
“Only the best students are put forward for the experience as the clients are extremely high profile and expect the best service,” Clare Dodsley continued.
“After the event Matthew Barlow, who is Stadia and Special Events Director for CGC Event Caterers, took the time to relay some of the outstanding feedback that they had received from their clients.
“He highlighted that he was delighted to say that our students had contributed to delivering the best airshow ever, emphasizing that they should be truly proud of the service that they had delivered to some very demanding clients.”
She added: “We hope to continue the close partnership we have with CGC Event Caterers, enabling our hospitality and travel management students to develop the necessary skills required for their relevant industries.”
CGC Event Caterers is the north of England’s leading caterer with over 100 years’ experience in the provision of public retail, hospitality and conference catering at a broad range of entertainment, sports and heritage venues.
CGC manages catering contracts at ten racecourses including the world-class York Racecourse. York plays host to some of racing’s biggest events nationally with CGC managing catering across a huge breadth of provision from high volume public bars, cafes and restaurants through to premium dining experiences.
CGC’s 28-strong venue portfolio also includes the management of cafes, bars and conference catering at ten cultural and heritage sites as well as five football and rugby stadia and two exhibition centres.
CGC also brings a wealth of experience in large scale banqueting with over fifty 500-plus guest events delivered annually.