WORLD renowned chef Albert Roux will open a new hospitality and tourism academy at Moray College UHI.
Branded as the 'Hospitality and Tourism Academy@ Moray College UH'I, it has as its mission, ‘Providing the next generation of excellence in Hospitality and Tourism’ and is intended to capitalise on the high reputation that the College has gained in recent years for the quality of its hospitality education and training..
Mike Devenney, principal,said the comes at a critical time for the hospitality and tourism industry in Moray.
Garry Rendall, Associate Director responsible for Hospitality and Tourism education at the College, said it is more than just a rebranding exercise:
"The new Academy will offer a wider range of hospitality and tourism courses that allow for a seamless transition from school to further education and then onto higher education across many different levels of study from entry level to degree," he said.
"As well providing the courses that local employers have told us they want, we also intend to make these much more flexible in order to meet the different study needs of students, including those already working in the industry."
With this in mind, the Academy is embarking on a very significant e-hospitality project that will allow staff within the industry to study on-line without coming into the college.
The Academy will be officially launched before an invited audience of local employers and schools by Mr Roux. Moray MSP Richard Lochhead and Shirley Spear from the highly successful Three Chimneys restaurant in Skye will also be present.