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West London College Shines a Light on Enrolment In the ‘New Normal’

West London College

West London College (@westlondoncol) is celebrating a successful enrolment period in part driven by their “virtual” open day held in July and a new time slot approach that allows students some one-on-one time with lecturers.

The open day was a great success and enabled Denise Charles, Head of Curriculum for Service Industries to showcase the important work she is doing with high profile employers across London via The Chefs’ Forum Academy.  Denise has also been working with The Manchester College to share knowledge and best practice on adapting to the new normal as a college.  This has greatly benefitted both colleges.

West London College filmed the open day so students could access it after the live event.  The take-up has been very pleasing indeed.

Working in conjunction with The Chefs’ Forum has enabled the college to achieve steady registrations despite Covid 19 restrictions affecting normal protocols in giving prospective students a taste of what to expect on embarking on a Hospitality and Catering course at the college.

Denise Charles, Head of Curriculum for Service Industries at West London College, told The Chefs’ Forum:

 The Hospitality and Catering Virtual Open Day was a huge success. Not only did we welcome many students to the live event on the day, but many have since watched the film and say it has really helped them with the enrolment process post Covid-19.

“We have seen slow but steady registrations in comparison to previous years and it is great to be able to share the great work we are doing to enrich the curriculum, despite government restrictions being in place.

Our work with The Chefs’ Forum Academy is a major USP for the college as the only college in London to run such an Academy.  We are very much looking forward to working with many great chefs from across London and surrounds as we book weekly masterclasses from mid-September onwards.”

Chefs booked in to teach this year at West London include:

  • Roux Scholar and Head Chef at Cliveden House, Paul O’Neill.
  • Tom Booton, Head Chef at The Grill at The Dorchester.
  • Dipna Anand from Brilliant Restaurant.
  • Chris Underwood from Belmond Cadogan Hotel
  • And many more…

Photo credit: Fleur Challis



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