Barking Food School – industry links and course development

  • London Borough Of Barking And Dagenham
  • 22/11/2022
Researcher, Senior researcher, Project lead Education and Skills Food Systems Labour Markets and Employment


The objectives of this piece of work are to:
  1. Understand the food sector skills gap, particularly around world cuisine and innovative approaches to low-waste, low-carbon restaurants/catering.
  2. Develop links with industry that could lead to ongoing involvement with the Food School e.g. offering careers activities, work experience, apprenticeships and training placements with a clear line of sight to work, as part of our schools programmes or the FE/HE programmes of our partners, guest speakers on courses, financial or promotional support of the Food School.
  3. Develop a clear set of pathways into the sector, including courses and new curricula where necessary that speak to the skills gaps identified by the industry and that will help our young people access exciting, well-paid jobs in the industry.
We would like the work to provide:
  1. A programme of engagement with London’s restaurant and catering industry outside Barking & Dagenham to understand and review skills needs and identify potential industry partners.
  2. A programme of engagement with local businesses and City of London market traders to understand and review local business skills needs (building on work of Barking & Dagenham College) and trader skills needs (working with City of London).
  3. A set of FE courses and their curriculums that would give participants the skills to fill these gaps.
  4. A set of infrastructure and equipment requirements that an FE provider would need to deliver the courses.
  5. Recommendations for branding and promotion of the courses to attract young people – particularly marginalised and/or racialised communities – to the new courses and careers in food.
  6. A set of educational pathways from school to further education to higher education towards well-paid, rewarding jobs in hospitality and catering, with an emphasis on world cuisine and low-carbon food industry.

Project Type

Consulting - Tender opportunity


GBP 40,000

Application deadline