A hospitality and catering training centre has officially been opened in Hackney to help boost the number of trained hospitality workers for the London 2012 Olympics.
The London City Hospitality Centre was opened at Hackney Community College yesterday and will give students the chance to study NVQ based courses in professional cookery, customer service, bar, food and drink, hospitality and leadership and management.
A Fifteen-style open kitchen bar and restaurant also based at the centre will give students the chance to test their skills in a work environment.
Geoff Newton, director for Olympic Opportunities at the London Development Agency, the organisation which helped fund the centre, said:†"Hospitality and catering is a growth industry that can provide opportunities during the economic downturn. The London City Hospitality Centre will give students an important edge by gaining qualifications and valuable restaurant experience at the same time. The centre is on the doorstep to the 2012 Games and we want to ensure that there is a lasting Olympic legacy by helping people to gain the right skills now."
Chef Paul Rankin and Rosie Boycott, the chair of London Food were among those at the official opening yesterday.
Rankin said: "The London City Hospitality Centre has got everything for the hospitality industry to get the trained and qualified staff it so urgently needs to thrive."
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