free short courses now available
We offer a range of excellent FREE short courses and qualifications that are widely recognised and will look great on your CV. Whether you want to move up in your career, try something new and see if it’s for you or develop an interest for pleasure, we’ll have the course for you.
You can enrol on our new FREE distance learning courses from the comfort of your own home, with teaching taking place online. Our courses are teacher-led, with timetabled sessions, giving you the same high level of support that you’d get in person at college to support your learning – but online! All you’ll need is a computer (laptop or PC, Windows or Mac), tablet or smartphone, and access to the internet. Teaching takes place through Microsoft Teams, which is available for free download – we’ll send you more information once you’ve enrolled.
Here you will find all of the FREE short courses available at WestKing and our sister colleges, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London and City and Islington College:
Cooking up a career at Westminster Kingsway College
The Young Chefs’ Academy (YCA) was established at Westminster Kingsway College (WKC) in 2003. The programme’s aims were:
To provide school pupils with practical experience of cooking - often isn’t included in Food Technology and in a professional kitchen.
To highlight to teachers and careers teachers the value of engagement, pride and decision making in the learning process.
To equip young people with up-to-date career information about the industry through the chef teaching them.
These ambitions remain 16 years later and, in many ways, are more critical than ever. The imposition of the highly academic EBacc has limited subject choices for many students and especially in technical and creative subjects.
To demonstrate how the YCA influences how learners see themselves and their future careers, WKC has produced a short video. It tracks the journey of students who have attended the YCA. There are interviews with learners during the YCA graduation lunch, followed by former YCA students who are now in their first year of full-time study and finally we hear from graduating students who began at the YCA and are now about to embark on their careers.
Terry Tinton, Centre Director, said,
‘Unfortunately, 16 years later, schools who understand the value of vocational education in the hospitality industry after GCSE’s are still in the minority. Furthermore, we hear so much about graduates being unemployed or over-qualified in the jobs they are doing - this is not the case for the graduating chefs on our full-time courses because they all go on to have fulfilling and lucrative careers.’
The YCA’s Saturday School has been extremely influential, giving numerous young people a career to aspire to when they have done their GCSE’s. Since 2003, 900 young people have attended the YCA; 60% have progressed on to WKC’s Professional Chef Diploma. The college plans to build on the success of YCA and offer more new courses.
For further details visit The Edge Foundation