Grimsby Institute hosts World Seafood Congress 2015

Hospitality & Catering staff and learners pictured during the World Seafood Congress 2015

The World Seafood Congress 2015 was recently held in the UK, with the Grimsby Institute and University Centre Grimsby chosen as the hosting venue, which saw dozens of staff and learners supporting the conference attended by almost 350 international delegates.

The four-day event was themed around ‘Upskilling for a sustainable future’ and saw keynote speeches from a number of high profile speakers including Stephen Hall – Director General of Worldfish and Dr Paul Williams – Chief Executive of Seafish.

Hospitality & Catering learners from the Grimsby Institute were responsible for providing a welcome buffet for the delegates and oversaw their visit to the Grimsby Institute, cooking and serving lunches and offering hospitality services throughout the event.

Aleisha Lyons, 20, is just one of the team of learners currently training for a Level 3 Supervision & Leadership qualification who was responsible for looking after the delegates. Aleisha said:

“Events like this help us to see what the working world is really about. This isn’t something that happens all the time and this gives us a great insight into the industry.”

Fellow learner, Nathan Barker, 17 currently training for a Level 3 Professional Cookery qualification added: “It’s experience and a chance to try something new and a bit different and develop your skills. The World Seafood Congress is great way of showcasing Grimsby to the world.”

The World Seafood Congress also saw a performance from Creative Arts learners based around a maritime theme including sea shanties and songs from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. One of the performers Luke Mitchell, 21, said:

“It’s important for people to recognise what the people of Grimsby can do. The World Seafood Congress is important for us because it shows that Grimsby Institute is an important part of our town.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes BT OBE was invited to speak at the Gala Dinner, held at the Humber Royal Hotel in Grimsby, and he delighted the guests with tales of his adventures, which have included being the first person to conquer both the North and South Poles by foot and, aged 65, being the oldest Briton to climb Everest.

Hugh Callaway, Executive Director of Marketing for the Grimsby Institute Group, said:  “The success of the World Seafood Congress 2015 has been excellent for Grimsby and the Grimsby Institute.  We have received so many positive comments from the delegates about the Grimsby Institute as a venue and the high standards of our learners; their food service, performance at the welcome event and the exceptional quality of their hospitality and catering.

“The logistics of such a large event has involved many teams of staff and learners from across the Institute, I would like to personally thank them for all of their hard work over the past week although they are rewarded by the gratitude of the delegates and organisers who have found them an invaluable part of the congress.

“We are all incredibly proud that we were chosen as the hosting venue for the congress and the experience this has given our learners, along with the prestige of such a high profile event taking place in Grimsby, is something we will all remember for many years to come.”