Valencia Proves Icing on the Cake for Patisserie Students

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30 August 2023

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Seven students from South Eastern Regional College have recently returned from Valencia, where they took part in a two-week work placement fully funded by the Turing Scheme.

The students - from SERC’s Lisburn Campus: Anna Davison (Gilford), HLA Culinary Arts; Jake Hallowell (Lisburn), Level 2 Diploma in Professional Bakery;  Pippa Groom (Comber) and Nicole Stewart (Lurgan), both completing the Level 3 Diploma In Professional Cookery - SERC; and from the College’s Bangor Campus: Jack Regan, (Newtownards); Marissa Mcilwrath (Newtownards) and Olivia McComb (Portavogie), all completing the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery (Patisserie and Confectionery) - spent two-weeks working in local bakeries to learn about Spanish patisserie, ingredients and baking techniques.

Patisserie and Confectionery Course Co-ordinator at SERC, Paul Monaghan, one of the team who accompanied the students said, “This was a tremendous opportunity for the students from different campuses and courses to experience living and working in a major European City."

 “The students spent their time working in a range of local bakery businesses, developing their skills in producing breads, pastries, desserts and cakes, while learning about life in the busy Spanish city and experiencing the culture.”

He added, “The students also enjoyed a range of cultural activities during their stay including a visit to Albufeira, home of paella, where they had the opportunity to learn how to cook this authentic Spanish dish. They also had time to enjoy the local aquarium, and of course spent some time on the beautiful beach.”

The Turing Scheme provides funding for students and accompanying staff to undertake a study or work placement across the world. This is a life-changing experience for SERC students, giving them a unique opportunity to gain vital international experience, improving their technical skills and their employability or T-Skills. Students also improve their language skills and gain a better understanding of other global cultures and work practices. The Turing Scheme contributes to the UK Government’s commitment to a Global Britain, by helping organisations such as SERC to enhance existing international links and to forge new relationships. The delivery partner for the Turing Scheme is Capita working on behalf of the Department for Education.

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