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Our students and staff proudly contributed to another successful Visitor Economy week.

The exciting initiative, which took place from 6th – 9th February brought together key Liverpool City Region partners to offer primary and secondary school students the chance to find out more about professional careers and opportunities in our thriving tourism industry which generates £4.1bn, playing a vital role in the city region’s economy.

The four days of activity showcased a combination of over 60 different events and activities across seven different further education colleges to highlight the region’s growing visitor economy.

Visitor Economy Week' is designed to encourage students to explore the career and job opportunities within the sector by providing a taste of what life can be like working in hospitality, catering, retail, tourism and travel. The events across the colleges showcased the variety of opportunities and diverse skills associated with the growing visitor economy sector in the region.

Catering events held by St Helens College included a butchery masterclass, cupcakes and pastries class and healthy food demonstrations delivered in local schools. VE Week concluded with a fine dining dinner at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool cooked and served by students across the colleges, with St Helens College students taking the lead on the canapés and the main course for the event. During the event, attendees heard inspirational addresses from top chef Paul Askew and the Managing Director of Signature Living, David Hughes on the increasing opportunities for the region’s visitor economy.

Head of Catering and Travel, Terry Lavin said, "Many of our students have gone on to establish careers with some amazing employers including Michelin starred restaurants, top hotel chains and global companies. These students are a prime example of how successful a career in the Visitor Economy can be and how it opens up opportunities to work around the world. We were delighted to have taken part in another successful Visitor Economy Week. St Helens College has a long-standing Catering, Tourism and Hospitality department which has equipped generations of students with the skills to go on and achieve great success in their professional careers.”

If you are interested in exploring a career in the Catering, Hospitality or Travel and Tourism industry visit to find out more about our range of courses on offer. For more information about Visitor Economy week visit

Visitor Economy Week 2017