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THE City of Liverpool College will show off the talents that have made them one of the best FE providers for hospitality and catering in the country.

From 5th to 8th February a series of events, masterclasses and workshops will celebrate the college’s contribution to the Liverpool City Region’s Visitor Economy.

At the college’s student-run restaurant The Academy, that has a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Masterchef winner Gary McLean will be hosting a guest dinner, while Baltic Triangle pop-up favourites Finca will be revealing the secrets to their Cubanos success.

The Alchemist’s mixologists will also give a masterclass in making the spectacular cocktails at their popular Brunswick Street venue.

During the week, more than 60 activities are taking place to provide a taste of working in hospitality, retail, tourism and travel.

Now in its third year, ‘Visitor Economy Week’ was created to encourage students to consider the visitor economy as a career choice and provide a taste of what life can be like working in hospitality, retail, tourism or travel.

Visitor Economy Week is sponsored by the LCR Apprenticeship Hub – a collaborative group aiming to increase the awareness, number and quality of apprenticeships available across the Liverpool City Region.

The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) visitor economy team supports this week as part of its initiative to help skills development across the sector. They have been working with colleges and skills providers across the region to help retain employees in the sector and improve links with employers.

The launch event will take place on the 5 February at Anfield Stadium with speakers including Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.

Elaine Bowker, Principal of The City of Liverpool College, said: “The Visitor Economy is a billion pound industry in Liverpool alone and tens of thousands of students work in the sector, some of whom have gone on to earn their Michelin star and have become hugely successful after training at the college.

“Visitor Economy Week is about showcasing what the college does best, the success achieved by former students and our links with businesses in the Liverpool City Region.

“Thousands of our students have gone on to work or start their own restaurants in Liverpool and VE Week s a chance for prospective students to come and see how a career in hospitality, retail, tourism and travel can be very rewarding and exciting.”

Peter Sandman, Head of Visitor Economy at Liverpool City Region LEP, said: “With the local visitor economy now worth over £4.3bn annually and supporting over 51,500 jobs, the number and range of jobs in the sector has significantly increased due to high demand.

“Visitor Economy Week provides a great opportunity for students to discover potential career options and help guide those students looking to explore vocational training.”

Melanie Dodd, Skills Strategy Manager for the Apprenticeship Hub, said: “I am very excited to be supporting Visitor Economy Week which will see over 50 Skills Shows being delivered by seven FE Colleges to residents in Liverpool City Region. They are dedicated to ensuring high quality Apprenticeships are available and respected as a sound route into professional careers.”

For more details and a full list of events go to www.visitoreconomyweek.co.uk


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