Catering and Hospitality, Agriculture, Horticulture
Culinary Arts & Hospitality
The Culinary Arts & Hospitality department, offers a full spectrum of full- and part-time courses from entry level through to degree level. It also provides apprenticeship routes and skill development courses.
The school 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 form our silver trolley. Culinary Arts and hospitality students. 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 only Bakery Academy in Wales, students can develop skills that enable them to work in the manufacturing and bakery sector.
Having regularly hosted events such as the High Sheriff Ceremony, Blasus Restaurant was honoured to receive the High Sheriff’s Award for service excellence.
The school has strong links with employers, and there are many opportunities for students to undertake part-time employment alongside their studies.
Students benefit from established and experienced staff who are qualified in all aspects of the hospitality, culinary arts and bakery profession.
The hospitality 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 & drink service, hotel management, events management, restaurant management, bakers & patisserie chefs, contract catering, product development and food manufacturing.
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The Agriculture department offers full-time, part-time and apprenticeship courses in both agriculture and agriculture engineering at Further Education and Higher Education levels. The department is also the centre for training and assessment of a wide range of City and Guilds Certificates of Competence that are essential within the industry and for extended employment opportunities.
Lecturers within the department have extensive industry knowledge and keep pace with the latest developments in production systems and IT technologies including drone technology and GPS.
The agriculture department based in Newtown College operates a 350-acre working upland sheep and beef farm adjacent to the learning campus. Fronlas Farm allows students to gain up-to-date practical experience that reflects the agriculture industry of Mid Wales and the small and medium enterprises in which most agricultural and agricultural engineering students find employment.
The farm houses a range of purpose-built classrooms as well as workshops, cattle and sheep housing and handling facilities. The provision offers extensive opportunities for estate skills and conservation and diversification opportunities. The farm carries around 150 beef cattle, including a suckler herd and a dairy steer finishing enterprise, and 750 breeding sheep rearing around 1200 lambs. The farm is an essential practical resource for all land-based students.
On completing of an agriculture course, students can choose from a wide range of practical opportunities within the UK agricultural sector including farm manager, auctioneer, feed representative, advisory officer, farming specialist, land agent, farm visitor centre manager, farm inspector, agriculture department advisor. Many of our students progress to Higher Education either at the College or other institutions to study agriculture-related degrees.
Approximately 450,000 people work in the UK agricultural industry of which almost 300,000 are in managerial or partnership roles within a farming enterprise.
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Horticulture is a diverse and dynamic industry that includes the commercial production of fruit, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants as well as the design, establishment and maintenance of our parks, gardens, leisure and sports grounds, open spaces and managed landscapes.
Horticulture is a worldwide business spanning a range of interests including large multinational companies and smaller entrepreneurial organisations, Local authorities and National Trusts. At home and abroad, British-trained horticulturists are always in demand.
We offer a range of horticulture and gardening courses that provides you with the skills and training needed to succeed in a career in this sector. With our fantastic facilities of five large greenhouses and a large polytunnel used to store and grow a broad and intriguing range of plants, you are sure to enjoy the real outdoor experience.
Students are also given the opportunity to develop their enterprise skills through a number of sales activities throughout the year! Students will also enjoy planting and nurturing a range of herbs that are freshly picked for serving in Blasus Restaurant at Neath College.