The BHA joins with PACE for 2015 forum

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The BHA will host the Big Hospitality Conversation at the forum
The BHA will host the Big Hospitality Conversation at the forum

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The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has joined forces with the Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE) for this year’s PACE Learning & Development Forum. 

The BHA will host the Big Hospitality Conversation at the event, which takes place on 12 and 13 March 2015 at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

The collaboration will mean that delegates of the PACE forum will automatically be eligible to attend the Big Hospitality Conversation, which will take place on 12 March at 3pm.

The national chair of PACE Geoff Booth said the Big Hospitality Conversation would be a ‘fantastic addition’ to the forum.

“This really is a great opportunity for hospitality lecturers and heads of hospitality to learn more about the Big Hospitality Conversation movement and lend their support,” he said.

“PACE is dedicated to continuing to raise the profile of the UK Hospitality sector as an exciting and viable career option, and highlighting the diverse range of job opportunities.  We wholeheartedly champion partnership between colleges and employers to facilitate progressive work experience placements and structured traineeships, as well as apprenticeships and employment on graduation. The Big Hospitality Conversation will enable us to further this cause.”

Workshops and speakers

The forum will also include a programme of workshops and speakers focusing on the latest trends, teaching advances and legislation affecting the industry.

Confirmed speakers and presenters include funding consultant Ainsley Cheetham, director of Mooreskills Sara Challinor, consultant at the College of Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Gerry Shurman, and research and policy director at People 1st​ Martin-Christian Kent.

2015 forum topics include:

  • Funding
  • Raising the school leaving age: the impacts on you
  • Successful imbedding of GCSE Maths and English a year on
  • Commercial activities in colleges
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships: the impact of trailblazers
  • Use of technology in colleges
  • The 21st​ century catering student
  • Bid writing
  • Working with referral agencies
  • HE in FE: the next steps
  • Nutrition legislation in the commercial kitchen
  • Ofsted update: getting to ‘good’ and beyond

PACE Awards 2015

The annual PACE Awards Dinner will also take place at the forum on the evening of 13 March. The awards recognise hospitality and culinary education professionals who have made ‘an exceptional contribution’ to the field.

Nominations for the awards are now open and must be received before the deadline on 2 February 2015.

For more information or to make a nomination click here.

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