Stu­dents get a pizza the ho­tel in­dus­try

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Chris Cord­ner chris.cord­ Twit­ter: @CCord­nerjp

Fas­ci­nated stu­dents got a be­hind-the-scenes look at life in Sun­der­land’s ho­tels.

And the Work Dis­cov­ery Sun­der­land-led event was so pop­u­lar, a sec­ond one is planned.

The Hilton Gar­den Inn, Roker Ho­tel and Sun­der­land Mar­riott jointly hosted the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor day and 90 keen stu­dents took part.

They made beds, set ta­bles, cre­ated piz­zas, and learned more about man­age­ment and ser­vice roles.

Hilton Gar­den Inn sales di­rec­tor, Cather­ine Gra­ham, said: “There are so many op­por­tu­ni­ties in the in­dus­try and it’s great for us to help the next gen­er­a­tion of em­ploy­ees to see these for them­selves.”

Amy Parkin, di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources at the Sun­der­land Mar­riott, said: “We are al­ways very ex­cited to be part of events in the lo­cal area, in par­tic­u­lar Work Dis­cov­ery Sun­der­land.

“We aim to ed­u­cate young peo­ple about Mar­riott and to give them an in­sight into what ca­reer paths are avail­able in the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor, in the hope that we can en­cour­age and in­spire them to gain skills for the fu­ture.”

Jonathan Gra­ham, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor of Tav­i­s­tock Hos­pi­tal­ity – which owns the Roker Ho­tel – said: “To bring the next gen­er­a­tion of lo­cal tal­ent into the in­dus­try is an ex­cit­ing project and very re­ward­ing for a lo­cal com­pany such as our­selves.”

The event is part of the Work Dis­cov­ery Sun­der­land pro­gramme, which cov­ers ev­ery­thing from sec­tor days to the an­nual Work Dis­cov­ery Week. The hos­pi­tal­ity day was the first of the 2017/2018 pro­gramme.

Paul McEl­don, co-chair­man of Work Dis­cov­ery Sun­der­land, said: “We have been over­whelmed with the re­sponse to this event and we are de­lighted so many Sun­der­land stu­dents are mak­ing the most of the chance to learn more about the sec­tor.”

Pupils from Thorn­hill School tuck into their piz­zas at the Roker Ho­tel’s Ital­ian Farm­house.

Bar­bara Pri­est­man School pupils are helped by Roker Ho­tel Ital­ian Farm­house chef John Ward.

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