Hugh Baird College’s Hospitality and Visitor Economy Career College

  1. Specialism

    Hospitality and Visitor Economy

  2. Contact Information

    Hugh Baird College, Balliol Road, Bootle, L20 7EW

    0151 353 4444

    [email protected]

September 2014 saw Hugh Baird College in Liverpool open the doors of their Hospitality and Visitor Economy Career College.

The Hospitality and Visitor Economy in Liverpool is a growing, dynamic and exciting industry to work in. It encompasses careers in hotels, restaurants and bars, working on airlines and in the travel trade, as well as jobs in retail outlets. Visitors to Liverpool City Region spend £3.64 billion a year supporting 49,000 jobs in the local economy. The vision for the Hospitality and Visitor Economy sector in Liverpool is to increase spend and jobs so that, by 2020, annual spend of £4.2 billion is achieved. This in turn will support the creation of 13,000 new jobs in this exciting and varied sector.

Nationally, 2 million people are employed in the Hospitality and Visitor Economy industries in the UK.

By 2017, the UK will need:

  • 300,000 more hospitality managers
  • 60,000 more chefs
  • 400,000 front-of-house staff

Source: Liverpool City Region Visitor Economy: A Skills for Growth Agreement

Students at the Hospitality and Visitor Economy Career College are enjoying an employer driven curriculum. All students are learning in sector specific environments and many have taken part in prestigious industry events in order to gain valuable work experience. Much of this experience has led to opportunities for the students to develop contacts that will support their future careers.

Hugh Baird College has invested in its facilities to support the Career College concept and its students. New facilities include:

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Conference and event space
  • A new 16 station kitchen
  • Two new retail outlets
  • Simulated airline cabin for 20 passengers
  • Dedicated area for 14 – 16 year old students to study and relax

News and Updates

Career College courses, become an Obsession

Students studying on hospitality courses at Hugh Baird College, have been given an opportunity of a lifetime by being invited to assist in the kitchens during one of the UK’s most famous culinary events, Obsession.

Obsession, is a 10-ten day annual food and wine festival held at Northcote, home of Michelin starred chef Nigel Haworth in from 23rd January – 7th February 2015. The gastronomic celebration, which is Nigel’s brainchild and is now in its 15th year, showcases some of the UK and Europe’s most talented chef.

Spaces for all events sold out in under an hour thanks to an illustrious list of assembled chefs ready to serve up some truly spectacular dishes. Students from Hugh Baird College’s L20 Hotel School, will work shoulder to shoulder in the kitchens of Northcote and will gain an unforgettable experience.

Applicants to undergo industry assessment

Applicants hoping to join Hugh Baird College’s Visitor Economy Career College, will be asked to undertake an assessment task set by one of the College’s employer consultants, Adam Franklin of the Liverpool Yacht Club.

Those hoping to kick start their career in the Liverpool City Region’s ever growing visitor economy will be asked to provide an overview of 5 attitude traits that they feel are essential to being successful in the world of hospitality.

Adam, who is chef proprietor at the Yacht Club, has also worked at leading establishments in London and runs a successful outdoor catering firm, said: “I am delighted to continue to support the development of the Career College at Hugh Baird College. I felt it was important to add this assessment to the interview process so that students start to think straight away about what really matters to employers in the hospitality world. Attitude in this industry is the foundation of a successful and long career.”

Students feel Supersonic!

Students from the Visitor Economy Career College at Hugh Baird College recently visited Manchester airport where they got to see the inner workings of one of the UK’s busiest airports before boarding Concorde, the world’s most iconic aircraft. Speaking after the event, the group’s tutor Jacqueline Cresswell said: “We would like to thank Manchester Airport for hosting us on what has been such and informative day. Opening the eyes of our learners to the wide variety of job opportunities at an airport has been today’s biggest success as it has strengthened their desire to work in the visitor economy."

Travel and Tourism students fly into dream jobs

Hugh Baird College’s Travel and Tourism department is flying high as the new term takes off. Not only are they about to launch their new teaching facilities complete with aeroplane fuselage, but they are also celebrating their former students landing dream jobs with some of the biggest names in the industry.

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Ferrari arrives in a Ferrari for his first day

For most people, arriving on their first day at their first proper job is an experience that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. For one youngster from Crosby, this will certainly be the case, although for much different reasons.

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Career College students work alongside Kenny Atkinson

Students from Hugh Baird College’s Visitor Economy and Hospitality Career College this week got yet another opportunity to learn from one of the hospitality industry’s most recognisable faces, Kenny Atkinson.

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Video - Students Work Alongside Kenny Atkinson

Students from our L20 Hotel School and Hospitality & Visitor Economy Career College this week got an opportunity to learn from one of the hospitality industry’s most recognisable faces, Kenny Atkinson.

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Students prepare to board dream careers

Students at Hugh Baird College’s Visitor Economy and Hospitality Career College, are being put through their paces as the College prepares them to embark on careers in air travel.

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Kenny Atkinson urges fellow chefs to work with students to help fill future vacancies

Established chefs can help fix the industry's skills shortage problem by working more closely with colleges and their students, says House of Tides chef-owner Kenny Atkinson.

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15-05-2015 | Students are cleared for take-off

Hugh Baird College’s Cabin Crew students were the first learners to take part in a new behind-the-scenes tour offered by the community relations team at Manchester Airports Group Plc (MAG).

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14-04-2015 | Up, up and away for students

Students at Hugh Baird College’s Visitor Economy and Hospitality Career College, are being put through their paces as the College prepares them to embark on careers in air travel.

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Another top chef inspires L20 Hotel School students

Following on from last year’s visits by award-winning chefs such as Kenny Atkinson, Steven Smith and Matt Worswick, the L20 Hotel School at Hugh Baird College welcomed acclaimed Scottish chef, Mark Greenaway to their kitchens for their latest guest chef evening.

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College students keep their fingers crossed

Over 50 Travel & The Visitor Economy students from Hugh Baird College have their fingers crossed that they will soon be embarking on their dream careers in the Visitor Economy after attending a jobs fair at Manchester Airport on January 13, 2016

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Budding Hospitality and Visitor Economy students aim to kick start their careers

Those with an interest in Hospitality and Travel and Tourism courses at Hugh Baird College, are being invited to attend a special Career College information event at the Malmaison Hotel in Liverpool on Wednesday, 20th January from 5pm.

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Ernst gets creative with L20 Hotel School Students

South African born chef Ernst Van Zyl was the latest industry pioneer to excite students at Hugh Baird College’s L20 Hotel School last night when he played guest chef for the evening.

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Hugh Baird College host Lord Baker and Prue Leith

The students of Liverpool’s only Career College for 14-19 year olds were visited today by former Education Secretary and Career College Trustee Lord Kenneth Baker and restaurateur, caterer, television presenter/broadcaster, journalist and cookery writer Prue Leith CBE.

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Students from the L20 Hotel School look to the future

Hospitality students from Hugh Baird College’s L20 Hotel School recently spent time with award winning global futurist and strategist Rohit Talwar thinking about how different their industry might look in five to ten years time

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Inspiring the next generation of hospitality students

Acclaimed Restaurant Manager at Babylon restaurant, Kensington, Peter Avis, returned to his Liverpool roots this week to inspire Career College students hoping to emulate his success in the hospitality industry.

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