This week sees 16 students from Trafford College ‘take over’ the running of the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre.
The students are running a range of aspects across the hotel until 2 March, from checking in guests at reception, to serving food and beverages, even running the housekeeping and room service.
They are being shadowed by hotel team members while they gain invaluable practical experience of running a busy, fully functioning hotel, to complement their classroom based training.
During the week, the students will be looking after up to 200 conference delegates each day as well as two banquets for 150 guests. They will also be working with the team serving up to 200 breakfast covers each morning, working alongside the Starbucks team and evening service in the open lobby for up to 100 covers.
Student Amy Siwek, who is undertaking the role of general manager, said: “I’m really looking forward to finding out what the role of the general manager involves and how it fits in with other roles in the hotel, as well as developing my skills so I can use this experience and knowledge to plan my future career.”
Hospitality tutor Matthew Shaw said: “I’m delighted to see this initiative going live across the UK in 2018 giving our students the opportunity to take part in this amazing experience and a true reflection of life working in a real functioning hotel.
“I believe this partnership between industry and education is the perfect pathway into the world of work. I hope this opportunity is the starting point for future Trafford College students to gain similar experiences.”
The initiative is part of InterContinental Hotel Group’s (IHG’s) National Hotel Takeover in partnership with People 1st, a programme designed to encourage more young people to work in the hospitality industry.
David Daly, General Manager of Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, 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.”
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