Catering Design Group supports the next generation

Catering Design Group has set out its continued commitment to supporting emerging young designers.

The business will offer an interior architecture and design student from Nottingham Trent University a one year placement to teach them the skills of creating inspiring environments for hospitality operators.

Currently, the business is nurturing two students from the university who are in their second year of study – Tansin Blankley and Hazel Barnes. Throughout the year the students will rotate their way through the business, to learn the key intricacies behind designing for front and back of house.

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Blankley and Barnes will be taught the complexities behind space planning, creating drawings using AutoCad, design and product research, preparing coloured plans, client presentations, assembly of full drawings to include layouts, detailed drawings and elevations, together with preparing furniture, fixtures and equipment specifications, and furniture and material schedules.

Blankley commented: “Hazel and I have already learned so much in our time with Catering Design Group – no day is ever the same! We’re receiving in-depth and valuable training into designing for the hospitality industry – it’s great, I just didn’t imagine we’d be getting involved in ‘real’ work.

She continued: “We now have a thorough understanding of the key principles of hospitality design and work across the teams, from the initial client brief, all the way through to delivery of a project, which also means that we have been able to go with another member of the team to receive the initial brief from a client. The support from the team has been unbelievable, I’ll be sad to leave when I return to university, but will definitely be looking to further my career in the hospitality industry.”

Helen Davis, commercial director, Catering Design Group commented: “We are committed to bringing young talent into the hospitality industry – not only through Nottingham Trent University, but also at a more local level, by supporting young secondary school pupils with an interest in design from within our local community. We are delighted to be bringing through such great talent into our industry.

“The aptitude and eagerness to learn from both Tansin and Hazel has been wonderful to watch and we look forward to hopefully seeing them continue to grow and thrive in our industry on completion of their degree.”

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