Centres of Excellence

Centres of Excellence


In March 2012, the Hospitality Guild, working in partnership with People 1st and PACE, launched five Asian and Oriental Centres of Excellence with the support of Skills Minister John Hayes MP. This long-term initiative is aimed at developing home-grown talent to help Asian and Oriental restaurants adapt to a recently introduced immigration cap. The approach of addressing skills shortages is a pilot model and will be rolled out to other occupations including food, beverages, and accommodation services.


Recruits to the programme take part in a six week pre-employment training programme that gives them an insight into the exciting career opportunities within this industry. At the end of the programme they are guaranteed an interview with a prospective employer for a paid apprenticeship. More than 38 top Asian and Oriental employers have already committed to taking on apprentices.

The first five Centres of Excellence have been set up in five colleges across England, which have been chosen for their high quality of teaching standards and specialist knowledge of Asian and Oriental cuisine: Westminster Kingsway College, University of West London, Leeds City College, University College Birmingham, and Trafford College.

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