Catering and Hospitality, Agriculture, Horticulture
Culinary Arts & Hospitality
Culinary Arts & Hospitality offers full- and part-time courses, with additional apprenticeship and skill development courses accessible for students.
Are you interested in working on board cruise ships, super yachts, international hotels or Michelin star restaurants? Or you may just want to set up your own hospitality business. These are just some of the opportunities offered to you in the hospitality industry.
The hospitality and culinary arts industry is one of the largest industries in the UK, with a wealth of job opportunities available at home and abroad. Career paths include chefs, food and drink service, hotel management, events management, restaurant management, bakers and patisserie chefs, contract catering, product development and food manufacturing.
The College runs two busy training restaurants offering the highest level of service to the public: Themes at Newtown College and Blasus at Neath College. Between them, the restaurants provide table theatre, silver service and a roast of the day, carved at the table from our silver trolley. We also operate a busy coffee lounge and bakery shop. All our outlets serve a range of locally sourced produce including beef and lamb reared on the College farm and vegetables and herbs cultivated by the horticulture department.
The Blasus Bakery Academy has been providing bakery training for more than fifty years. With one of the most significant provisions of its kind and the only Bakery Academy in Wales, students can develop skills that enable them to work in the manufacturing and bakery sector.
The school has experienced staff who are qualified in all aspects of the hospitality, culinary arts, and bakery profession.
Students will gain strong links with employers which will allow them to undertake part-time employment alongside their studies.
Above all, the hospitality industry is one of the largest trades in the UK, with a wealth of job opportunities.
These include food & drink service, hotel management, events management, restaurant management, bakers & patisserie chefs, contract catering, product development, and food manufacturing.
Agriculture & Horticulture
Fronlas Farm provides education in farming and agricultural methods for students new or experienced in the industry. Learning on the farm allows for the practical experience and academic knowledge of working in the agricultural industry to be gained by our students. On the farm, there are is a variety of different animals being raised by staff and students. More information about these animals, specifically the lambs can be found on the Fronlas blog.
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As well as offering a spectrum of City and Guilds Certificates of Competence, the Agriculture department at Fronlas Farm, Newtown is a custom-built centre of excellence for our students.
Employment opportunities are extensive in agriculture with full-time, part-time and apprenticeship courses available.
Lecturers have immense knowledge of the latest developments in production systems and IT technologies, including drone technology and GPS.
Based in Newtown College, The Agriculture department operates a 350-acre working upland sheep and beef farm alongside the learning campus.
Fronlas Farm allows students to gain up-to-date practical experience that reflects the agriculture industry of Mid Wales.
What is more, it provides purpose-built classrooms as well as workshops, cattle, and sheep housing and handling facilities.
The provision offers estate skills, conservation, and diversification opportunities, making the farm an essential practical resource for all land-based students.
Completion of an agriculture course offers a range of practical alternatives including farm manager, auctioneer, feed representative, advisory officer, farming specialist, land agent, farm inspector, and, agriculture department advisor.
Alternatively, many of our students progress to Higher Education either at the College or other institutions to study agriculture-related degrees.
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Horticulture is indeed a worldwide business that compromises a range of interests including large multinational companies, smaller entrepreneurial organisations, Local authorities, and National Trusts, making horticulturists high in demand.
Equally, in this dynamic sector, we offer a range of horticulture and gardening courses.
More specifically, it involves the commercial production of fruit, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants.
Also, there is a focus on the design, establishment, and maintenance of our parks, gardens, sports grounds, and managed landscapes.
Furthermore, students can develop their enterprise skills through many sales activities with our fantastic facilities of large greenhouses and a wide polytunnel that features an intriguing range of plants.