Aspiring hospitality students gain experience in sector

Students who have ambitions to work within the hospitality sector gained a taste of the industry at a career event.

The second annual Spring Forward Day was held in Sheffield, where school pupils were able to see what it takes to work within the sector. Over 70 students got involved in events which included seeing them making beds, learning table service and seeing how their culinary skills measured up. Various interactive workshops were held at hotels within the city such as Jurys Inn, the Hilton, Holiday Inn Royal Victoria and the Mercure St Pauls.

The aim of the event was to encourage more hospitality jobs in the region whilst also motivating more young people to get involved within the field. Furthermore, event organisers hope that the workshops will aim to alleviate the staff shortage that many local hotels are suffering at the moment. Various hotels are being forced to recruit from outside of the city in order to meet demands, which means that not only various young people in the area miss out on job opportunities but the process actually costs hotels much more in the long-term.

Jon Broadhurst, who is both organiser of the event and head of catering at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We’re delighted once again to see young people getting a proper, hands-on insight into the workings of a busy hotel or kitchen operation.

“This is the best way to animate the experience of working in hospitality and it also means we can provide pupils with a career road-map – if someone wants to be a head chef, we can tell them exactly how to get there.”

Event organisers are already planning to host another Spring Forward Day in the autumn, later this year.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hotel management solutions.