Stoke on Trent College will be represented at the Stoke-on-Trent Food Festival on Monday 1st May 2017 where we will be celebrating our partnership projects with the North Staffordshire Food Charter and UniQ Green Route Project.

A number of curriculum areas have been working to create ideas for the event which takes place at Burslem School of Art between 12 noon and 5pm on May Day.

In our Hospitality and Catering department, our School Links students are designing and baking an “Allotment Cake”. The cake will not only showcase the amazing skills of our teaching staff and the students they are helping to become our future hospitality and Catering professionals, but it will also send out a powerful and positive message about growing your own and supporting local produce.

Hospitality and Catering lecturer Julie Hilditch said: “Once again our students have demonstrated their communication skills and creativity in coming up with a design for the project. Their teamwork is outstanding in putting all the segments of the design together and we are looking forward to showcasing the finished product.”

Level 1 & 2 Carpentry & Joinery students are currently applying their wood construction skills to produce beautiful mobile planters. They are very fortunate to be mentored by experts in their field who are helping to produce the carpentry & joinery professionals of our future, no doubt they will, like their teachers, only expect the very best.

Not only are they supporting sustainable practices by reusing old college wooden science benches they are supporting community partnerships by rehoming these in the UniQ area so neighbouring organisations can grow edibles and pollinator plants for all community members to propagate and enjoy.

Level 1 & 2 Graphic Arts students demonstrated beautifully their abundant creative and professional skills when responding to a design brief from the North Staffordshire Community Food Group to create a poster that would embody their mission and ethos.

They students produced over 30 different posters under the expert and watchful eye of their teacher who recognised the importance of this work experience opportunity. They were confronted with real judges, real feedback and a real understanding of the complexities of client briefs and needs.

A winning poster was chosen which will be used across the city and beyond to represent the North Staffordshire Food Charter.

Head of Estates Management at Stoke on Trent College, Sally Fitchard, said: “There is so much talent within the College it is a huge privilege to be part of it and witness the amazing ideas our students come up with. This is the third cake our School Link’s students have created, making one for celebrations in the park and a further for the Lord Mayor’s afternoon tea party. These projects enable our youngsters to work on real briefs from clients.”