The first London outpost of De Vere's Academy of Hospitality has opened in Greenwich.
Based at Devonport House, a De Vere Venue, it is the seventh training centre to be launched by the Academy within 16 months. The De Vere Group believes it is now well on the way towards achieving its mission of training 10,000 young people, aged 16 to 24, in hospitality over the next three years.
The new Greenwich Academy of Hospitality - which will train 400 young people who are not in education, employment or training, annually - is working in partnership with Greenwich Council, the Green Kitchen and Charlton Athletic FC.
Richard Balfour-Lynn, chief executive of the De Vere Group and patron of the Academy, said it is opportune that the centre is opening in Greenwich as London prepares for one of the world's largest hospitality events - the Olympics.
"We recognised the shortage of well trained, experienced individuals entering our business and therefore, through the Academy of Hospitality, our mission was simple: to create the right environment and training programme that would kick-start the career of many young people and give them all the tools they need to be outstanding in what they do," he added.
Councillor Denise Hyland, cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and skills at Greenwich Council, said: "We welcome the opportunity to work closely with De Vere, not least because we share the common goal that skills and training programmes should truly open doors for participants."
The Academy operates training centres in Stockport, Crewe, Milton Keynes and Liverpool, and has plans for a second London base. Further academies are planned for Brighton, Leeds and Glasgow later this year
By Janet Harmer
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