Industry EXCELLENCE ACADEMY FOR Hospitality AND catering

Whether your passion is for creating mouth-watering dishes or organising and running big events, our Industry Excellence Academy for Hospitality and Catering will help you to prep for a career in a sector that is predicted will be worth £59bn to the UK economy by 2026.

You’ll have weekly access to the UK’s most inspirational culinary experts through our renowned Chefs’ Forum Academy, offering you the opportunity to draw inspiration from some of the country’s most experienced chefs and hospitality experts.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work in prestigious hotels and restaurants, gain experience at national events and have the chance to work in busy restaurant kitchens. It really is a five-star curriculum experience!

If a career working in the hospitality and catering sector appeals to you but you aren’t yet ready for our Industry Excellence Academy, you can start at our Centre of Excellence for Hospitality and Catering. Here you’ll be able to gain the skills required to progress into the Academy under the guidance of our expert team.

Once you’ve completed your journey with us there are a number of different career options open to you in the hospitality sector, ranging from Chefs, with an average annual salary of £18,200, to Bakers where average annual earnings are £19,500

Available Courses

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Hospitality and Catering you’ll take a course that has been co-developed and is co-delivered by one of our leading industry partners. You’ll complete either a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and a placement with an industry employer of at least 15 days. 

By the time you complete your time in the Industry Excellence Academy for Hospitality and Catering you’ll have developed an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gained work experience with industry leaders.


Studying in our Industry Excellence Academy for Hospitality and Catering, you’ll learn the skills that will set you up for a rewarding career in this thriving sector. These range from a chef with an average annual salary of £18,200 to a baker, earning on average £19,500 a year.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include: 

Hilton Hotels
Hotel Football
James Martin
Rosso Restaurant & Bar
The Ivy Spinningfields
Wood Restaurants


From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College in our gallery.

There are like minded, dedicated and hard working students who have the right attitude and these students excite and inspire us as a business. Taking work placement through our relationship with The Manchester College, not only allows us to be part of a student’s development but also allows us to invest in Manchester itself. We hope to continue this relationship in the coming years, thus enabling many more young people to start on the ladder in this amazing industry that we call home.
Marco Thorrington, The Ivy Spinningfields, Executive Chef - The Ivy Collection

Download subject area guide

Find out more about our fantastic courses, outstanding facilities and the career options available to you in our subject area guide. 

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Book your place at our next open event to learn all about our Industry Excellence Academy for Hospitality and Catering, meet our tutors, see our industry standard training kitchens and restaurants, and hear about all the opportunities that come with studying Hospitality and Catering at The Manchester College.

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