London’s first Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College was launched in 2014 at Orpington in response to a growing skills shortage facing this sector. Part of a national network, Career Colleges provide 16-19 year-olds with the skills they need to enter a particular industry. At London South East Colleges we can offer you many exciting career opportunities within the hospitality and catering sectors.
What sets our Career College apart is the pioneering level of industry support. Top employers including representatives from the Hyatt, Hilton and Springboard Groups sit on our advisory board, helping to design and deliver the curriculum. This ensures you will be learning skills which are fully relevant to the real world of work..
We have a range of Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications for our 16-19 year olds. This enables you to progress and develop your skills, as well as specialising in particular areas.
Our industry-standard kitchens and student-led commercially-run BR6 Restaurant provide a real-life experience of work. You can practice your skills on paying customers, while learning more about running a restaurant. Building work has also begun on phase 2 BR6, which will see the creation of a bistro and shop.
We support our 16+ students to take up fulfilling work experience placements at a range of hotels and restaurants. For our younger students, an emphasis is put on ‘experience of work', which includes workplace visits and workshops.
In the past year our students have visited a range of top London establishments including the Shard and the Hyatt Regency – The Churchill, to learn more about what it is like to work in the hospitality industry. Several guest chefs also visited the college to give workshops, demonstrations and classes – including celebrity chef Michel Roux Jr.
If you love cooking and would like to learn from industry experts, gaining real-life experience alongside your qualification – apply for a course today.
In April 2017, phase 2 of the BR6 building project was completed when the Career College added its brand new BR6 Bakehouse. Please read more about this by clicking the links below:
Industry and Employer Partners and Endorsements
TV, Chefs Chris and James Tanner
"We are very impressed with the facilities and opportunities being offered to young people here at Bromley's Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College.
"It is vital that we train students well and that they understand the industry. There are many career opportunities available in the sector and these are set to increase over the next few years, especially in London.
"Students studying here will be well equipped with the skills and aptitude needed to succeed in their future career. Bromley College is leading the way with its innovative Career College, which will benefit both the students and the hospitality industry as a whole."
Allan Pickett, Plateau Restaurant
"As a chef I have always felt that we can do more to attract young people into our industry, and I feel that Bromley's Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College is an important way of being able to grow future talent. It will enable us to break down the barriers that may have existed previously and to move into a new and exciting era for hospitality as a whole."
Boris Johnson, Former Mayor of London
"Giving young Londoners the chance to get the skills they need to thrive is at the very top of my agenda and I am delighted to see that Bromley College has now launched its student-run restaurant as part of its innovative Hospitality, Food & Enterprise Career College. BR6 will help provide young people in the Capital with the opportunity to learn a trade, so vital to the local economy.
"Thanks to London's international appeal as a top tourist destination, hospitality is one of the city's boom industries and it is superb to have a college helping more young Londoners into a great career and helping to meet the demand for a skilled and dedicated workforce in this field."
Silvano Giraldin, Consultant, The Roux Group
"Bromley's Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College is a fantastic project enabling young people to train for their professional qualifications in the hospitality and catering industry. I hope it will teach the students not only the cooking skills they need, but also the importance of Front of House and the Service Industry as a whole."