Gold for City of Glasgow College

City of Glasgow College has been awarded the People 1st International Gold Accreditation for its Hospitality and Culinary Arts provision. 

It has also been appointed as a Centre of Excellence for Food & Beverage Service, Patisserie & Confectionery, and Front Office & Reception.

The accreditation recognises colleges which deliver excellent full-time or classroom-based hospitality training and qualifications. It also highlights those that work well with employers – allowing them to influence the curriculum so it meets industry needs, and develops partnerships that benefits learners.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“This is a significant accolade and an outstanding example of Team City raising the bar yet again. My congratulations go to all those involved in what was a rigorous accreditation process. Achieving gold is richly deserved recognition for our hospitality and culinary arts teaching staff and students; for their hard work, commitment and passion.”

Siobhan Wilson, Dean for the Faculty of Hospitality & Leisure, City of Glasgow College, said:

“I am very proud of both staff and students for achieving this award which sets out our college as the ‘best of the best’ by employers. Our students absorb and benefit from this; they are part of a college renowned as one of the best, providing them with excellent career opportunities. Hospitality and culinary businesses are looking for new routes to find the best talent so being able to add this accreditation and our AA College Rosette to their CVs will undoubtedly help our students stand out.”

Accreditation Assessor, Andy Doyle, was very impressed with the whole set up at the college, from its facilities, industry connections and involvement, to the professionalism and welcoming approach of staff and students. He added: “The college has a really strong sense of collaboration with industry offering students fantastic work experience and enrichment opportunities, and providing a steady, well-trained influx of staff into the sector.”

The accreditation process is employer-led which helps drives the quality of full-time provision and recognises colleges that are innovative, flexible and reflect business' needs, ensuring they are an excellent source of future talent for the industry.