About

We are the representative body for the hospitality and catering education and training sector.
Promoting excellence and innovation

The Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE) is the representative body for hospitality and catering education with a regional and national network of members. Our aim is to encourage catering educational institutions to work together to manage the challenges of continual change within hospitality and catering education and training.

We understand the value of strong and mutually-beneficial partnerships with those sharing the goal of positively shaping hospitality and catering educations to the advantage of everyone.

Representing colleges, universities and schools, our members account for a significant amount of expenditure and purchases across food, beverages, catering equipment, training materials and service agreements.

Nationally, PACE is driven by our Executive Committee.

Regional and National levels

We operate at a regional and national level. Our network of members currently includes 240 colleges, with links to 30 universities offering hospitality and catering, and in 9 regions a range of local schools. This equates to the representation of some 1,440* hospitality and catering lecturers and 30,000* students – 40% of which already work in the industry in roles such as chef and hospitality manager.

Across our 9 regions, members meet regularly at networking events. This core activity enables ideas and information to be shared locally, and questions to be raised and issues identified for escalation to national level for action.

Our 4 key aims

1

Continued
Excellence

Management and teaching staff the opportunity to share information, knowledge, ideas and best practice in the pursuit of continued excellence.

2

Collaborative
Working

We encourage and enable education establishments to work together to manage the challenges of continual change within hospitality and catering education.

3

Connecting
Industry

We connect the hospitality and catering education and training sector with industry suppliers, operators and associations to create a common understanding.

4

National
Representation

We operate at a national level with 240 colleges, with links to 30 universities offering hospitality and catering education, and in many regions, a range of local schools.

History of PACE

PACE has been representing those involved in education and training within the hospitality and catering industry for nearly two decades. The organisation was formed out of the National Heads of Catering (NATHOC) group to give all education establishments offering catering and hospitality training national representation. It soon became an active voice speaking on behalf of the education and training sector on a range of industry and education panels.

As the network developed, the 9 PACE regions were established to allow for the discussion of local issues. Our network of members currently includes 240+ colleges, with links to numerous universities offering hospitality and catering, and in many regions a range of local schools. This equates to the representation of some 1,440* hospitality and catering lecturers and 30,000* students – 40% of which already work in the industry in roles such as chef and hospitality manager.

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* Calculated using data from 10 colleges.