Steve Johnston

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Steven started off his career as an apprentice in the car industry, but his heart was always in hospitality. After 13 years, he decided he wanted to progress career-wise and knew he had to come to college for qualification.

“I was made redundant just before the course started, so student services were really helpful with financial advice on grants and bursaries available to me.

“I knew some good chefs who had come from Perth College UHI and the college has a good reputation for catering courses. It was scary at first, but once I realised I could keep up, everything was fine. I was out of education for 15 years, but I’ve found a great sense of achievement and got my self-confidence back.

“Knowing the lecturers helps with your networking too and is good for finding part-time jobs. They have lots of contacts in restaurants and hotels and will recommend students to employers if they show willing and have promise.

“I’m currently doing an internship with Sodexo as assistant chef. I’m getting experience of good working practices, making sure things are done to Sodexo standards and a special Sodexo food hygiene exam, as well as working with the students. I’ve really enjoyed it and love what I do.”