Hospitality students strengthen French connection

Hospitality students strengthen French connection
Students off to France

Students and staff from Forth Valley College headed off for a taste of French hospitality on Tuesday 2 October when they travelled for an educational trip to Rabelais Catering High School in Caen, Normandy.

A total of five students and two lecturers – Mandy Fraser and Arnelle Hall from FVC’s Department of Creative Industries, Hospitality and Tourism and FVC Communication Support Worker Evelyn Burgess, will spend 10 days savouring the way they teach hospitality subjects in France before returning on Thursday 11 October.

Skye Adam (17) from Airth (HNC Professional Cookery) and former Skills for Work students Jordan Gardiner (17) from Falkirk (City and Guilds Professional Cookery Level 2), Tyler Chisholm (19) from Grangemouth (HNC Professional Cookery), Louise Oswald (18) from Kippen (City and Guilds Food and Beveridge Service Level 2) and Holly Busby (18) from Dunblane (HND Hospitality Management), are all eager to learn as much as they can on the trip.

Karyn King, Curriculum Manager in the Department of Creative Industries, Hospitality and Tourism, said: “It is great to see students develop and this group gives a great endorsement for the Skills For Work programme as four of them have come through that and moved on to full-time courses here at Forth Valley College. This trip will benefit them greatly and open their eyes to even more possibilities if they continue to work hard.”

The visit – which follows on from a successful trip by FVC students to the Rabelais Catering High School last year and a return visit to FVC from their students and lecturers in May this year - is once again funded and organised by the Charles de Gaulle Trust which was set up to enable groups of young people aged 17 to 19 from the UK and France to work together on joint projects. The Charles de Gaulle Trust supports collaboration between the UK and France through education partnerships that offer young people an international and intercultural experience.