Warwickshire College Group (WCG), a Business Partner of the Institute of Hospitality, is working with a group of local employers and hoteliers in the Stratford-upon-Avon area to develop a hotel training school.
WCG’s chief executive Angela Joyce says: “This hotel training school will see the refurbishment of an iconic building, Moreton Hall (pictured), which is part of our estate and will combine a commercial hotel operation alongside a skills training venue. We are aware of the Edge Hotel and are engaged with them; we believe there is a need for key investments in dedicated training environments such as these to both raise the profile of the industry and to ensure there is a workforce supply.”
The plan is that Moreton Hall will become a 28-bedroom boutique hotel including restaurant, conferencing and events space. This will generate a commercial income stream that can support ongoing teaching, learning and community involvement.
The Institute of Hospitality is supporting the development and our head of professional development Alistair Sandall FIH is acting as an advisor. He says: “I am delighted to be a member of the hotel school advisory panel, alongside Andy Townsend, chief executive of Legacy Hotels & Resorts and other industry leaders. Moreton Hall will do much to satisfy the significant demand for skilled hospitality professionals in this important tourism region.”
The Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality, the organisation that now administers Institute of Hospitality qualifications, is being considered as the syllabi provider and is working with the WCG in the development of various programmes of study.
WCG is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK, with seven colleges across two counties (Warwickshire and Worcestershire). A recent Ofsted inspection highlights WCG’s success and strong focus both on students and on meeting industry needs. It is also one of only five colleges in the UK to be granted Foundation Degree Awarding Powers by the Privy Council – meaning its higher education academic quality and standards are equal to any university.