St Austell Brewery has partnered up with The Cornwall College Group to deliver an interactive learning experience in the catering and hospitality industry – the only one of its kind in the south west.

The partnership will open a world of opportunities for school-aged students, giving them the chance to gain valuable work experience in various industries and learn from seasoned professionals, while earning a competitive wage.

The collaboration allows Year 10 and Year 11 students to access state-of-the-art professional kitchens, where they will learn from one of Cornwall’s top employers and gain hands-on experience in the culinary arts.

Under the guidance of experienced chefs and hospitality professionals, students will learn the latest techniques and trends in the industry across 175 pubs in Devon and Cornwall.

The brewery’s early careers manager, Jon Kelly, said “We’re passionate about working with our communities across the south west and provide a fantastic opportunity to get a head start in what is arguably one of Cornwall’s most important industries.”

“We are proud and excited to be at the forefront in developing this unique learning opportunity in partnership with Cornwall College and look forward to helping the young people that participate to get the most out of the programme.”

David Atkinson-Beaumont, the head of campus for Cornwall College St Austell and group lead for pre-16 courses, said the partnership will “provide exciting careers at the end of their time in education”.

“For the last two years secondary schools across the county have enjoyed access to an extended curriculum through our Pre-16 offer,” he said.

“It’s an opportunity for us to share our industry standard workshops and resources with learners who want to explore subjects that sit outside of GCSEs. This newest part of our offer is so exciting as it allows Year 10 and Year 11 students to join us in our professional kitchens to learn from one of Cornwall’s most successful employers.”