A CLITHEROE student has been awarded a scholarship worth £3,000 from the Savoy Educational Trust as he begins his studies at the Edge Hotel School – the UK’s first hotel school based entirely in a fully operational commercial hotel.
Nineteen-year-old Freddy Bateman is amongst the first group of students who started their courses this week at the pioneering Edge Hotel School located at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus.
He will be working towards a fast-track BA Honours degree in hotel management over the next two years, combining academic study with practical experience of working in a luxury country house hotel, the newly refurbished Wivenhoe House.
He said: “My uncle runs Elite Hotels and told me about the Edge Hotel School and this seemed like a really good opportunity. I’ve worked in the catering industry since I was 14 years old from starting in the kitchens through to working as a waiter and as a chef.
“I think it is going to be a really good two years. The architecture of the hotel is really nice and the facilities are really good. The kitchen is very high tech.”
The Savoy Educational Trust scholarships are designed to support talented students and help encourage the outstanding hospitality managers of the future. Freddy added: “The scholarship is going to make a big difference to me. It will help me a lot and make sure I get the most out of being here. I really want to be a hotel manager one day and go on to be someone who is respected within the industry.”
Alan Jenkins, principal of the Edge Hotel School, said: “With their impressive reputation built over 50 years of developing education, training and qualifications in the hospitality sector, the support of Savoy Educational Trust is a significant endorsement of our mission based on a model of ‘learning-by-doing’. We are honoured to be working with them.”