The Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE) will focus on improving the provision and quality of training in the face of reduced funding at its annual conference in Blackpool next year, it has announced.
The PACE Conference Exhibition 2012: Entrepreneur - Enterprise in our Curriculum will take place at Hilton Blackpool on 21-23 March 2012.
It aims to offer training and guidance to inspire delegates to be more enterprising in the management and delivery of hospitality and culinary education.
Geoff Booth, chief executive of PACE, said that the funding cuts that have blighted hospitality and catering education institutions have made it incredibly difficult for managers, lecturers and teachers to operate as they would wish to.
"We can only hope that this is an unintended consequence of a widespread approach by government to solving the economic crisis we face in the UK. The PACE Conference & Exhibition 2012 has been specifically designed to empower delegates to respond creatively to these tough times," he added. "In effect, we are aiming to replace what is being removed by funding issues with creativity, ingenuity and agility."
The learning and development forum is made up of workshops, masterclasses, presentations by sector experts, networking sessions and a supplier exhibition.
Highlights for the 2012 event include the Front of House Demonstration Theatre, where baristas, flarers and sommeliers will demonstrate the arts of their professions; the Culinary Demonstration Theatre, featuring top industry chefs giving masterclasses on curriculum subjects; and presentations by respected industry experts.
The post-16 Education and Training agenda guru, Ainsley Cheetham, is returning, by popular demand, to give his take on funding and commercial opportunities, and chief executive of Adande Nigel Bell will talk about WorldSkills London in his presentation "Have A Go Brand".
For further information about the PACE 2012 Exhibition and Conference and to book delegate tickets or exhibition space go to www.mcculloughmoore.co.uk/pace or call 0870 777 9566.
By Janie Stamford
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