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North Devon Schools Experience Interactive Hospitality and Tourism Takeover Day

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On Monday 25th March, over 130 year 9 &10 pupils from across North Devon had the chance to experience the skills required to begin a career in the hospitality and tourism industry. Organised by The Springboard Charity, they attended an interactive skills challenge Takeover Day designed to promote careers in hospitality and tourism in North Devon and aligning with the skills strategy of the region.

The hands-on Takeover Day experience provided pupils with a series of hospitality and tourism skills challenges. A wide range of workshops were provided throughout the day including sensory food tasting, butchery & fish workshops, sales & marketing, mocktails, beauty & spa aromas and housekeeping.

As part of these inspirational hospitality workshops, pupils learned directly from a spectrum of major employers who attended the event, including Brend Hotels, Kentisbury Grange, The Thurlestone Hotel, plus industry experts from Petroc College, Total Produce and Philip Dennis Food Service.  Petroc level 3 catering students were  on hand for the day as ambassadors and cooked, served and hosted the day.

The event was opened by Jon Hardy, assistant principal.  Jon commented: ”I was delighted to be part of the Hospitality and Tourism Takeover day. The tourism and hospitality industry is one of North Devon’s most important industries, and one that has huge potential to grow but needs more people to join and make it their career of choice, so events like this are hugely important!”

Andy from Block inspired the students with his journey and said “Students today have more choices than ever about how they navigate their journey into employment so events like this are a brilliant opportunity to inspire them to consider a career in hospitality.”

Gemma Edmonds from Springboard added “There are a breadth of jobs in the industry, of which young people are often not made aware.   I am delighted that Petroc partnered with Springboard to showcase the industry as an exciting and dynamic place to work and to open young people's eyes to what a fantastic industry this is to work in.  The day really showcased the industry and got pupils to consider a career in the sector. Many pupils who hadn’t thought about a career in hospitality and tourism previously are now considering working in the sector. We were thrilled at how engaged and enthusiastic the pupils were”

For further information contact:

Gemma Edmonds, Head of South West, 07825 776819