New £ 3million catering facilities open at City of Oxford College


New £ 3million hospitality and dining facilities have opened at the City of Oxford College from Activate Learning.

The investment was made with funding of £ 2.17million secured through the Oxfordshire Local Business Partnership (OxLEP) via the government’s Local Growth Fund.

The facilities at the Oxpens Road-based college include state-of-the-art training kitchens with industry-standard equipment identified in partnership with The Fat Duck Group, leading hospitality and food service partners. from Activate Learning.

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Nigel Huddleston, Minister of Tourism, visited the college earlier this month to officially open the new facilities.

He said: “I have been delighted to open the brand new Activate Learning hospitality and catering facilities at the City of Oxford College and see first-hand the fantastic opportunities that await the next generation in these industries.

“Tourism and hospitality make a vital contribution to our economy and we need to make sure we have a solid talent pool to help us build back better for the future. ”

The total cost of the project was over £ 3million to complete it, with additional construction done to develop a refectory and student area for the college, creating a new heart for the center campus -city. This additional funding was paid by Activate Learning.

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Investment in the new City of Oxford College facilities is in line with local and national demands for highly qualified and ready-to-work staff to take on roles in an industry of vital importance to the local economy.

Sally Dicketts CBE, Managing Director of Activate Learning, said: “We have a long history of providing the hospitality industry with incredible talent here at the City of Oxford College and these new facilities. will allow this brilliant work to continue for years to come. .

“It’s a fantastic example of how continuing education can work with central government to develop a strategic response to a long-term need in the local economy.

“These state-of-the-art, state-of-the-art training spaces will ensure students have hands-on, real-world experience working in the kind of kitchens they will expect to find when they step into the workplace.

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“They will also allow us to strengthen and develop the exceptional relationships we have with local employers, giving them more opportunities to come to these facilities and offer hands-on demonstrations and skills workshops. ”

The new facilities are a feature outlined in the economic stimulus package led by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.


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