Tenby ‘hospitality school’ set to open

Chances are, everyone who is looking to pursue a career in hospitality will be well aware of the importance attached to qualifications and experience.

It can often be a competitive industry, with bar, pub, restaurant and hotel vacancies attracting a great deal of interest, but that little bit of extra know-how can go a long way.

Now, those in the UK keen on securing hospitality work will have the chance to hone and develop their skills after Cardiff Metropolitan University (CMU) announced that it is to offer its very own hospitality course in nearby Tenby.

In total, 90 students will have the chance to take part in the two-year course which will take place at the town's Fourcroft Hotel, beginning in Autumn of 2015.

Dubbed a 'hotel school', it will offer students the chance to get a real working knowledge of what it's like to work within hospitality, with the aim to make them more likely to secure a job.

Professor Eleri Jones, associate dean at CMU, said staff were excited about delivering the course, which will teach students skills such as bar and kitchen duties, front-of-house management and IT matters.

Similarly, Chris Osbourne, the Fourcroft Hotel owner, described the scheme as being a "wonderful asset for the town" because of the fact that it will bring in students and the associated income streams that come with this demographic.

"Not only will it provide new degree level management graduates with hands on learning to the hospitality and tourism industry, but also it sets up Tenby as a student town, with all the additional benefits of year round economic gain," he said.

It hasn't yet been agreed as to how money will be split between the university and the hotel but, whatever agreement is reached, it is likely to be beneficial for all parties.

The Tenby Development Trust (TDT) was the first body to come up with the idea, as a way of regenerating the town which, while having clear benefits, has suffered majorly from a lack of investment.

Jeremy Bowen-Rees, a TDT board member, said it was a "beautiful town" that had simply lacked a good enough degree of funding over recent years.

"Our coast is regarded as being world-class, and yet the town has suffered over the last decade or so from lack of investment both in money and ideas," he explained.

"We believe that through the Hotel School, Tenby has the opportunity to become both a food destination and a university town."

Simon Hart, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP, added that he would be "supporting it all the way".

There are already a number of similar schemes which aim to produce job-ready graduates, including one in fellow Welsh location Bangor.

If the course is a success then it is likely to mean good news for both establishments and potential applicants.

Not only will it produce graduates who are capable of stepping into the hospitality industry, hotels, pubs and restaurants will have the pick of some extremely talented and qualified staff.

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