Lakes College Catering Go Barcelona

Twelve Lakes College students waved goodbye to British soil and said ‘Hola’ to the sandy shores of Barcelona. The catering students were lapping up the sun, testing the delicious local delicacies and exploring the art nouveau metropolis. The trip included a tapas tour, visited the colourful and vibrant La Boqueria market and experienced the al fresco lifestyle.

Students from NVQ Level 2 all the way to Level 4, across the catering and hospitality division applied to be part of the Lakes College Culinary Team. The Culinary Team cater for Lakes College functions, like the Annual Awards Ceremony with over 300 guests. Some functions require the students to attend outside college hours which show the students’ determination and dedication. The students get paid an hourly rate and have saved all the monies to sponsor their trip to Barcelona.

For some students it will be their last college event, Jess Parkin, 19, Little Broughton, comments, “it was an experience of a life time and an amazing way to say goodbye to a fabulous bunch of friends.”

Kayleigh Blakely, 16, from Silloth, comments, “This trip was only made possible from the hard work form the staff and the students, we all came together a team and worked hard to get there!”

Maurice Fell, 47, from Frizington, comments, “It was a totally amazing experience made possible from hard work and determination from the BEST team ever!”

Ryan Long, 19, Dearham, comments “Blood, sweat and tears made this trip possible and achievable. Through this we have gained vital experience and realised that the goals we set can be achieved through hard work. The trip was a life time experience which we all really enjoyed.”

Michelle Blakely, Learning and Teaching Mentor, comments, ‘This is the first time we’ve organised the trip. The culinary team went above and beyond curriculum standards. We chose Barcelona as it’s renounced for food but also cultural experiences important to personal development. The students were really excited by the old-world parts of the city to the modern – it was really bizarre. For some students it was their first trip abroad and they loved it. We hope to organise another trip for the next group.’ Michelle continued, ‘We’re really proud of the students, for some we’ve being part of their lives for four years so to see them succeed is a real pleasure.’

All of the Level 4 students have graduated and all have found full-time careers in their chosen field.

Lakes College offer a wide variety of Catering and Hospitality courses. For more information go on or call 01946 839300.