Three Nigerian students are studying at Barnsley College to gain the skills which will enable them to teach catering and hospitality when they return home to Lagos.

Ann Arunah, Bola Babejide and Femi Omisakin arrived in South Yorkshire in January to study for UK qualifications and experience in order to teach at a new hospitality institute which their employer Kots Catering is opening in Lagos.

The trio travelled to Barnsley as part of the relationship which the college established with Kots Catering in 2013 and will return to Nigeria in May.

During their time at the college the students have studied Food and Beverages, Patisserie and Cookery to brush up on their industry related skills and have learnt how to integrate aspects such as numeracy, literacy and equality and diversity into their lessons.

Bola said: “It has been a great experience to study at the college. We have sent photos of the catering equipment back to our colleagues to show how good the college facilities are and it has been nice to meet so many friendly students.”

Ann added: “I was shocked by the cold when I arrived but the friendliness of the people at college and in the town made us feel at home. I have to give the students kudos for the way they warmed to us and we will be sad to leave.”

The three students are organising a special Nigerian buffet in the college’s Zest Restaurant on Thursday 30 April (6.00pm start). Anyone wishing to book a place should call 01226 216 365.

It’s not too late to apply for a Catering and Hospitality course at Barnsley College. Call 01226 216 123 for more information.

Last updated: 14th April 2015

Originally posted on: 14th April 2015