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Knowledge Bites - Image 1College recently welcomed a number of famous faces to the Knowledge Bites event held at the Town Centre Campus. Guests included Sky Sports' Angela Powers, star of UK TV dramas including Sherlock Holmes and Scott and Bailey, actor Mark Sheals, Saints player Paul Wellens and Hollyoaks' on-set photographer James Stack.

The bespoke event provided Catering and Hospitality students the chance to gain an invaluable insight into the opportunities available for location catering within the TV and film industry. These are increasing due to competitive tax breaks which are encouraging film producers from across the USA and Europe to bring their productions to the UK.

The event was delivered in partnership with Creative England, media expert trainer Christine Pyke and St Helens College.

Christine said, "I have been delivering skills and employability training to students and creative media professionals for many years. This is a fantastic opportunity to marry the two to develop something that is very special. I am delighted to be working with Creative England and a range of colleges to highlight practical pathways into the media industry for students."

The Merseyside-based mobile catering company, Film Cuisine, were on hand throughout the day to provide one to one and group discussions with students about what working on the sets of shows such as Coronation Street and Hollyoaks is actually like. They also offered students the possibility of work placements over the summer and are delighted that they have already received some applications.

Head of Hospitality, Catering and Travel and Tourism at St Helens, Terry Lavin said, "Knowledge Bites provided our students with a fantastic insight into just what creative jobs are out there for them once they are qualified. In the North the catering and hospitality industry is thriving and there are lots of opportunities. Imagine the satisfaction you can get from serving up your food to your favourite celebrity or actor. It's a great feeling."

The Knowledge Bites event culminated in a celebratory VIP evening reception in Colours Restaurant, where the students served the food that they had worked on that day. A Coronation Street brief, led to a delicious serving of traditional hotpot, served with homemade pickled cabbage followed by Manchester tart.

To find out more about Catering and Hospitality courses at St Helens College call us on 0800 99 66 99.

Knowledge Bites - Image 2Victoria Roberts, Vice Principal of St Helens College, Rob Molloy, Deputy Principal of St Helens College, Terry Lavin, Head of Hospitality and Catering at St Helens College, Angela Powers, Sky Sports News, Dean Fisher, Actor Mark Shields and Christine Pyke
Knowledge Bites - Image 3A dish served and created by students at the College



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