A state-of-the-art training centre that will offer courses in catering and hospitality management is to be opened by Salford City College at the MediaCityUK development in Salford Quays.
Called FutureSkills, the centre will run courses aimed at helping people to start hospitality jobs or develop their skills to help them progress in their current career.
As well as hospitality courses, the centre will also run a number of other training programmes, including creative music and media, financial services and business management.
The hospitality courses will be run in partnership with the Damson Restaurant group, managed by award winning Manchester restaurateur Steve Pilling, which is due to open a new location in MediaCityUK in early 2013.
"We are excited about the new training opportunities that FutureSkills will bring to MediaCityUK, we are confident that it will attract learners from throughout
Greater Manchester and beyond due to its unique offer and quality provision," said Graham Pennington, deputy chief executive at Salford City College.
"MediaCityUK is the perfect home for such an innovative project and this combined with Salford City College’s reputation for high quality training ensures a highly successful partnership."
Damson, which will be the first completely independent food brand to arrive at MediaCItyUK, will offer bespoke training to Salford City College's hospitality learners via apprentice schemes that will allow students to gain real world experience in the hospitality industry at the same time as studying for academic qualifications.
The restaurant will be situated at the heart of the complex overlooking the MediaCityUK main central square, with a 140 cover capacity and facilities for everything from breakfast meetings to private dining.
"This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve been involved in yet," said Damosn co-owner Steve Pilling.
"The opportunity to be at the forefront of a new dining community in the region’s most exciting location and to invest in the region’s hospitality industry at the same time is a fantastic thing."
Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions