27th February saw 25 students from South & City College Birmingham spend a week running Holiday Inn. The placement was part of Intercontinental Hotel Group's (IHG's) National Hotel Takeoverin partnership with People 1st. This programme is designed to encourage more young people to work in the hospitality industry.
Hospitality & Catering and Travel &Tourism students performed a range of tasks across the hotel – from checking in guests at reception, to serving food and beverages, even running the housekeeping and room service. They were all shadowed by hotel team members and had the opportunity to gain practical experience of running a busy, fully functioning hotel, to complement their classroom based training.
Kate Keating, Head of School for Hospitality and Catering at South & City College Birmingham commented: “We are delighted that our students have taken part in this educational partnership with InterContinental Hotel Group. We have seen our students benefit from the experience and being able to apply their classroom theory to real practice. The hotel has allowed the students to further develop and grow their confidence.” Holiday Inn Bromsgrove is among over 30 IHG hotels across the U.K. to participate in the hotel takeover, aimed at encouraging more people to choose careers in hospitality.
Chris Dytton, General Manager of Holiday Inn Bromsgrove said: “We’re really delighted to be participating in the hotel takeover. This is the 18th year this initiative has been running and it’s proven to be a hugely successful recruitment tool. Some of our best team members, even a former General Manager, participated in the takeover as students and we look forward to giving the class of 2018 valuable on the job training and experience.”
To find out more about the great range of Hospitality courses starting from September 2018, why not come along to the open day on Saturday 9th June 10-1pm, or visit www.sccb.ac.uk/courses.