Lakefield

Hospitality College

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    Over 50 years

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since 1962.

A new kind of college, where students could live and learn… aimed at preparing students for work in the institutional as well as the domestic environment. This was the founding vision when HRH The Queen Mother opened the premises back in 1966.

The dawn of the College in

The dawn of the College in

  • 1962

When Lakefield first began, it was known as The Cottage and it was functioning from provisional premises with small groups of trainees.

1962
1996
Opening celebration in

Opening celebration in

  • 1996

The Queen Mother opened the premises, naming Lakefield as a Housecraft and Educational Centre. It aimed at preparing students in nationally accredited qualifications in Housecraft, Institutional Cookery, and a range of complementary certificates.

City and Guilds Registration in

City and Guilds Registration in

  • 1980

As the Hospitality Industry in the UK gained momentum, and both the job market and further education underwent major changes, Lakefield registered under City and Guilds to offer industry specific qualifications, becoming known as Lakefield Catering and Educational Centre.

1980
1992
High Level of NVQ Training from

High Level of NVQ Training from

  • 1992

High level of excellence in NVQ training and assessment has characterised Lakefield Hospitality College from 1992 onwards.

Re-Opening celebration in

Re-Opening celebration in

  • 1995

In 1994 Lakefield closed down for refurbishment of its 1960’s facilities. It celebrated its re-opening in 1995 by inviting HRH the Duchess of Kent , who toured its state-of-the-art training facilities, and met and talked with tutors, parents and trainees.

1995
2000’s
Student’s & Staff’s medals in

Student’s & Staff’s medals in

  • 2000’s

Lakefield has becomed a name in Hospitality Industry Training. Some of its students’ and staff’s achievements include a silver medal in the 2004 Junior Pastry Chef Competition at the Birmingham Food and Drink Exhibition; the Compass Junior Chef of the Year Competition in 2005; and a City & Guilds Gold Medal of Excellence in Training and Lecturing for Hospitality Lecturer.

Craft Guild of Chefs Certification in

Craft Guild of Chefs Certification in

  • 2014

For the furtherance of excellence in Catering Education and supporting the promotion of the aims of the Guild, Lakefield was presented with the 2013/14 College Certificate by the Craft Guild of Chefs.

2014
Excellence
Always looking for

Always looking for

  • Excellence

Lakefield continues to keep abreast of changes in employment and training to provide an up to date and comprehensive range of training opportunities, to meet today’s needs.