Hospitality Industry Insight

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Outline of activity/Aims and objectives

Introducing Year 10 students – especially girls – to aspects of the Hospitality/Leisure industry was the main focus for this event. The main challenge focused on event & conference planning and was hosted by The Liner Hotel, Liverpool.

The day began with some ice-breakers, getting the students working together, sharing information, introducing concepts of creativity and beginning to ‘think outside the box’.

They were asked to plan and fully cost out a wedding for 100 guests; come up with a menu, entertainment, theme and a certain ‘wow’ factor to make the day extra special. The students set out a table for 6 guests showing accurate place settings and decorations. The teams prepare and deliver a 3 minute PowerPoint presentation to the ‘parents of the bride’ setting out why their venue and events team should be chosen for the wedding.

They are introduced to the importance of financial planning; over an imaginary 4 week period they have to understand the difference between fixed and variable costs – and each ‘week’ a wild card is thrown into the mix so that they have to deal with the challenge and adjust there accounts accordingly.

Employer Engagement

The event was hosted by The Liner at Liverpool Hotel. Joined by two Events and Conferencing Managers who went on to judges outcomes. They also demonstrated how to lay out the place settings on a table for such an event.

Learning outcomes

Students were able to:

Relate their own abilities, attributes and achievements to career intentions – especially in the Hospitality Sector and make informed choices based on an understanding of the alternatives. Learn from contact with personnel from the industry. Recognise, develop and apply their skills for enterprise and employability. Develop the ‘softer’ Enterprise Skills such as Teamwork, Leadership, Planning & Preparation, Communication, Problem Solving and Time Management.

Impact and Evaluation

“I feel this workshop has given the girls at Archbishop Blanch an insight into the skills needed to pursue a career in Hospitality / Leisure & Tourism. This has certainly ignited the flame of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship”.

Mrs Pauline Addy – Business Studies teacher at Archbishop Blanch

“This event had so much impact because it was actually held out of school in the environment to which it is directly linked”

Ms Pat Spencer – Teacher at St Hilda’s

“A fantastic day, very challenging and enjoyable. One of my students has been lucky enough to speak to the HR manager of the hotel here today and secured a work placement for next summer”.

Mrs Julie Preston – Teacher at Blue Coat School

“I have never seen this group of students work so well together or be so competitive. A well structured day that brought the best out of everyone”

Ms Michelle Cunningham – Teacher at ESLA

“I believe it is vital that we support Liverpool Compact EBP with this initiative. These students could be my future employees and it is our duty to help them make informed choices about their future career path. It was an absolute pleasure to present the trophy to the very talented winning team”.

Miss Emma Chang – General Manager of The Liner at Liverpool Hotel

Name of EBP

Liverpool Compact EBP

Contact name, email address and phone number

Debbie Kenrick (Enterprise Manager) debbie@liverpoolcompact.org.uk 0151 298 9454

Schools

  • De La Salle Humanities College (All Boys)
  • St Hilda’s CE High School (All Girls)
  • Archbishop Blanch High School (All Girls)
  • Blue Coat School (Mixed)
  • Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (Mixed)

Yr Group/number of students involved

Students were all Y10 – and each school submitted a team of 6 students – St Hilda’s and Archbishop Blanch submitted 2 teams each. There were 11 boys and 31 girls, making a total of 42 students.​

Last update: Jan 23, 2014

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