Silverstone and MK College partner puts students in pole position

Formula 1 circuit Silverstone will welcome up to 45 hospitality students to work alongside its events team this year. The Milton Keynes College students are aged 16 and above and will complete the placement as part of their Level 2 and 3 NVQ Diploma in hospitality services.

The partnership kicked off at this year’s British Grand Prix, where 22 students worked alongside Silverstone’s team in the British Racing Drivers Club hospitality marquee. More than 2,500 covers were served during the three-day long event, giving students an insight into the scope and scale of one of the UK’s biggest hospitality operations.

Dean Hoddle, head chef at Silverstone Circuits Ltd, said: “As a business we’re absolutely committed to creating opportunities within our local community, and to encouraging young people to join the hospitality industry; showing them the diverse and rewarding range of careers that are available to them.

“The students working with us at the British Grand Prix must have been nervous as they’d never done anything on this scale before, but they worked brilliantly with us. I’m very proud of them and I’m looking forward to receiving a new intake of students in September when the partnership with MK College comes fully into being.”

Milton Keynes College’s public restaurant, The Brasserie, is the holder of the AA’s College Restaurant of the year title. Three former students made it into the TV finals of the most recent series of BBC Masterchef – The Professionals while the national winners of the Young Masterchef and Young Pastry Chef of the Year also learnt their trade at the college.

Maria Bowness, head of school for hairdressing, beauty therapy, catering, hospitality and motor vehicle at the college, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the skilled chefs at Silverstone, supporting students to gain vital employability skills and experience, encouraging them to be the best they can be within their industry. The study programme in partnership with Silverstone provides a unique and exciting opportunity for student chefs to gain invaluable industry experience and transferable skills that will prepare them for employment.”