Former hospitality and catering student Jack Lewis
Imagine making chocolates every day! Well, that’s just what 22-year-old Jack Lewis does after the hospitality and catering courses he studied at the college gave him the confidence to launch his own business.
He said: “I’d always had a real passion for food and wanted to gain my qualifications and get hands-on experience in the industry so the college ticked all the right boxes.
“It was a far more relaxed way of learning than at school – I was there because I wanted to be there, not because I had to be – and as the tutors have many years of working in the industry themselves there was a huge resource of knowledge I could tap into.
“Not only did I learn the basics of the trade, but I also gained valuable hands-on experience of working in a kitchen and dealing with customers which gave me the confidence to launch my own business – Jack Lewis Chocolates – making delicious handmade chocolates, brownies and pastries. I currently supply to customers through my website and at craft fairs and farmers’ markets but hope eventually to have a shop where I can sell my goodies to even more people!
“College is a great alternative to following the traditional route of doing A Levels and going to university as it enables you to get a rounded education and gain work experience which is vital when looking for jobs in whatever industry you want to work in.”