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12th October 2017

Earlier in 2017, Catering student Steven Lodge became one of two Hull College student s to be chosen to represent the UK at the WorldSkills 2017 finals in Abu Dhabi.

And on Thursday 5 October, The School of Customer Service, Business and Leisure celebrated this achievement with a special send-off ceremony, ahead of his travels to compete in the contest.

Guests were treated to incredible food and drink in the HU1 Riverside restaurant and listened to inspirational stories about Steven’s progress from Course Leader Ian Snedden, Head of School Nicola Alison and Tutor Phil Dixon. They also had the chance to see a visual history of his journey to WorldSkills and heard from Steven himself.

Tutor Phil Dixon was also congratulated for being chosen as a WorldSkills expert and for all the hard work has put in to training Steven.

Omero Gallucci from the Craft Guild of Chefs also joined the celebrations, and talked about how he has followed his journey from the very beginning, wishing him luck in the competition.

Steve Lodge began his journey as a 14 -16 student, before progressing to study within the College’s School of Hair, Beauty and Catering, and eventually found employment as a full time chef at the Village Hotel in Hessle.

After securing the Bronze Medal in the Confectionary Category of the regional finals, Steven continued his journey to be selected to join Squad UK, where he underwent months of rigorous Olympic style training alongside fellow students from around the UK to prove his skills were enough to be chosen to represent his country as part of Team UK.

WorldSkills UK, which helps young people ‘Go Further, Faster’, is spearheading the use of competition in the workplace, training centres, schools and colleges to inspire the next generation and fill the skills gap.