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Catering students get to work in BAFTA 195 Piccadilly kitchens

This term, Level 3 Catering and Hospitality students, Alisha Mbala and Yasmin Gibbs have been working at the BAFTA 195 Piccadilly Kitchen twice a week as part of their course’s work experience module.

The BAFTA’s (British Academy Film Awards) society, use the phenomenal BAFTA 195 Piccadilly building in St James’ for their London headquarters.

Housed in an historic Grade II Listed building in the heart of the West End, the building contains multiple for hire event spaces including a cinema room, a couple of galleries, roof terrace, a theatre and café / restaurant.

Yasmin and Alisha are the second group of RuTC Catering and Hospitality students to achieve a work placement at BAFTA, with one of the students from the year prior, achieving a full-time position following this work experience opportunity.

Alisha and Yasmin are both really enjoying their work experience at the BAFTA, explaining that they have learnt a huge amount during their time there.

Alisha says, “Since starting my work experience placement at BAFTA I have learnt so much about working in hospitality and the skills that are needed to go far in it.

I’ve worked some amazing events at BAFTA and the really enjoy my time there, I also know it will look great on my CV, so I am grateful to the college for providing me with the opportunity.

Yasmin also is enjoying her time at BAFTA and hope’s that after she completes their work experience, there may be a chance for her to work their full time.

She says, “I love working at BAFTA and it makes it even better that Alisha and I work together, it’s a fun yet serious environment and we are given real responsibility during our shifts. I enjoy the responsibility and since that my skills and confidence in the kitchen have improved significantly since I started.

“My hope is that after this placement finishes, I can get myself a full-time role at BAFTA because I really do enjoy working there.”

Catering and Hospitality teacher, Daniele Giraud, is proud of the girls’ progress and determination to make the best of their experience, explaining, “Both Alisha and Yasmin are hardworking students who do their best in and outside of the classroom.

"They are growing in confidence each week and I am certain they will both thrive in the hospitality industry.”

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