Hospitality Business Magazine

Wellington School of Hospitality wins international award 

rsz_screen_shot_2016-07-18_at_104254_amWellington Institute of Technology’s School of Hospitality has won the City & Guild’s International Centre of Excellence – Asia Pacific award, which is one of only five awards distributed globally.

City & Guilds, a world leader in skills development, has launched the awards to recognise outstanding achievement in its centres around the world.

The awards acknowledge excellence in a wide range of areas including quality of operations, learner experience and industry engagement.   It celebrates the exceptional contribution made by the recipients to strengthening the global recognition of City & Guilds qualifications, highlighting the positive impact on progression opportunities for City & Guilds learners.

Wellington Institute of Technology’s School of Hospitality offers a range of practical, relevant qualifications and link with industry to maximise student’s training and encourage a smooth transition into employment.  More than 550 students pass through the School of Hospitality’s doors each year.

Roger Sowry Council Chair, the governing body of the Wellington Institute of Technology says, “We are thrilled and very proud that the School of Hospitality has received international recognition from City & Guilds.  This accolade recognises not only our world-class campus situated in the heart of New Zealand’s culinary capital, but also our award winning staff who teach to the highest professional culinary and hospitality standards.

Ruth Pretty, one of New Zealand’s leading cooking experts, renowned author and successful caterer chairs the Wellington Institute of Technology Hospitality Industry Partnership Committee.  “Our internationally acclaimed School of Hospitality is New Zealand’s centre of culinary and hospitality excellence. This award officially recognises our status as a world leader for exceptional hospitality, culinary and tourism training.”

City & Guilds Regional Manager for the Pacific, Glenn Fulcher says, “It is an amazing achievement and recognition of the brilliant work all the team do at the Wellington Institute of Technology.  WelTec delivers City & Guilds Culinary Arts, Food & Beverage Service, Hotel Reception, International Barista and International Tourism to a world class standard with their graduates gaining employment across New Zealand and the world.  Asia Pacific is a very large region for City & Guilds and we are very proud to have WelTec represent New Zealand at the Lion Awards in London where they will announce the overall International Winner”.

Winning centres have been invited to attend the Lion Awards ceremony in London, which is City & Guilds’ most prestigious awards ceremony recognising best practice in a range of categories.