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Monday, February 24, 2014
As they checked-in holidaymakers for their flight to Tenerife today, it was a chance for some City College Norwich students to check out future careers.
The young people are among more than 100 from the college who are taking part in a student takeover at Norwich International Airport and the Holiday Inn Norwich North this week, and the event comes as the college celebrates 100 years of teaching hospitality and catering. It has run hotel takeover events for a number of years, with this year’s being the most ambitious to date and for the first time incorporating placements at the airport where students are working on the check-in and customer service desks and in the travel agents.
Seventeen-year-old Daisy Hughes, whose ambition is to be a flight attendant, is among those serving at check-in. She said she hoped the experience would give her the extra edge when applying for jobs.
“I am loving the experience. It is great, it is so much fun,” she said.
Meanwhile at the Holiday Inn, 17-year-old Emily Day is taking over as the general manager this week.
She said: “It’s my goal to be a general manager in the future and I love doing all the things we get to do around the hotel.”
Students are taking over in every aspect of the hotel, from reception to housekeeping to bar management to food service. Students will also cater for two major functions at the hotel, the Big Hospitality Conversation which will bring together employers to meet with young people, and the college’s hospitality centenary gala dinner.
Steve Thorpe, head of the hospitality, leisure and tourism school at the college, said the event gave students valuable experience.
“To actually get students out on the ground and into a hotel like this gives them the opportunity of seeing every aspect of the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry,” he said.
Bill Heath, Holiday Inn Norwich North general manager, said he was impressed by the students taking part and that it was important to inspire the next generation and enthuse them about the career opportunities available.
Students will be working in the hotel until Friday and the airport until Wednesday.
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