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College welcomes Hospitality Minister


Hugh Baird College was delighted to welcome Business Minister Paul Scully MP to its L20 Hotel School as part of Hospitality Apprenticeships Week.

The L20 Hotel School is home to students studying Hospitality and Catering courses at the College. It is recognised within the Liverpool City Region as a hub for generating future talent for the sector.

The Minister's Government portfolio includes responsibility for hospitality, local growth and small business. His visit was part of a broader visit to the region, which included the Bootle Canalside redevelopment project with representatives from Sefton Council, which, once completed, will consist of an urban garden, food and drink offer and events spaces.

Mr Scully was joined on the visit by Stuart Barnes, Head of Economic Growth and Housing at Sefton Council. The group spent time with students, tutors and staff from Hugh Baird College’s L20 Hotel School and visited its training kitchens and restaurant.

The visit came during Hospitality Apprenticeships Week 2021, which took place between 18th and 22nd October – a nationwide celebration showcasing the career pathways the sector offers.

Hugh Baird College Principal, Rachael Hennigan, said:

We were pleased to welcome the Minister to our College today and demonstrate to him how we support and equip our learners with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in the Hospitality industry.

The sector has been through an incredibly tough period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the L20 Hotel School’s engagement with hospitality employers, we will endeavour to ensure that their needs are fulfilled with highly skilled, work-ready individuals in years to come.”

Business Minister Paul Scully said:

Through our Hospitality Strategy, the Government is working hand-in-hand with the sector to help it build back better from the pandemic.

It was a pleasure to meet the students and staff of Hugh Baird College during Hospitality Apprenticeships Week to see how from bars to bistros, Bootle is leading the way in providing the skills young people need to forge great careers in the sector.

I’m encouraging both new and existing workers to explore all the opportunities the sector has to offer, and for businesses to explore all that an apprenticeship programme can do for them.

To find out more about Hugh Baird College's L20 Hotel School, visit www.hughbaird.ac.uk/catering

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